The dog's place within the family

In order to prevent this from happening, the owners must show their dominance early on in the puppy’s life by showing him his position within the hierarchy of the family. Enforcement of this position will apply to scheduling meals as well as in games, and all the commands which ensue.

The dog must also respect all family members, especially children and grandparents. It is therefore essential that all family members have control over the dog. This way, you will have a pleasant relationship, without competition or dominance on the part your dog. He will trust his masters and will respect the rules which you have established.

Dominance is not something which is imposed with force, but rather something you obtain when you have gained the dog’s trust, for example, he is not afraid of being touched on the back and lets you do it willingly. During training, many examples of various techniques will be explained so you will become an exemplary leader.

To become a good master, you will have to obtain the same privileges that an “alpha” dog gets in nature:

  • The dog must direct his attention to the leader on demand.
  • The leader controls the food, and therefore eats first; underlings watch and wait for their turn.
  • The leader controls interactions within the group.
  • The leader is in front when there are displacements.
  • The leader wings all games and combats.
  • Every dog must accept being touched by the leader.
  • The leader controls the territory.
  • The leader olds the place of choice to rest.
  • The leader chooses the places to defecate.
  • The leader shows the group what to do, how, when and where to do it.

Leadership: The dog’s position within the family must be maintained at all times to avoid conflict. Stability within the family entity is obtained by everyone applying the same rules. Anyone who is incapable of applying and respecting the rules will have a hard time being obeyed, because the dog will constantly attempt to defy this “weak link” within the hierarchy. Rules are conceived to establish what is allowed and what is not in the dog’s eyes. They must be adapted to your environment and lifestyle. Being constant in the application of these rules is the key to success.

The Redirection Principle: The changes you want to make in you dog’s behavior are sequential. In order to realize them, the dog needs to link many interrelated acts in order to execute the precise actions required. It is possible to break this linkage by giving your dog “out of context” information, that is, which has no relation with the situation in which he finds himself. His situation, which always startles the dog because he doesn’t recognize it, is called a “disruptive stimulus”. It momentarily interrupts the behavior, so the dog can be aware of what is going on around him. It is at that moment that the dog becomes “available” and can be oriented towards another activity or basic command that he didn´t want to do before. The surprise element brought on by the device can be attributed to a combination of many types of stimulation hat monopolize all of the animal’s senses. The cold mist of the spray affects the senses of touch sight, hearing and smell. Repeating the sessions will allow you to obtain quick results. As your dog understands the meaning of the odor, you can use this odor to make him understand that the action done within the sequence is not the correct one. If you train your dog this way, he will construe that “citronella” means “incorrect”. Within a short time, your dog will reorient himself towards the proper behavior.

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