I didn’t have any friends with two legs until I was in junior high. But, the advantage of that looking back now, because everything I do in the dog world in training, is based on how animals communicate naturally with each other. And if I didn’t have that background, I wouldn’t know that language.
When we give our dog too much freedom – the freedom to patrol the entire yard or property while we are gone, the freedom to hike off leash without voice control, the freedom to roam about the house and explore with no restrictions, the freedom to sniff, pull, and investigate at will on our walks…we are sending a potentially dangerous message!
It’s not our dog’s great-great-great-great-great…grandparents that hold the key to understanding your dog now. Do YOU bear much resemblance to your ancient ancestors? I doubt it. Neither does your dog.
….myth that dominance in the animal world is achieved through aggression. The assumption that rank has been won through bloody battles, pain and anguish
If there is one command that gives owners grief, it is the COME command. They scream, they threaten, they beg, they chase, they bribe and cajole – and their dogs still do not come when called.
Did you know that dogs were not designed to make independent, responsible choices? They are pack animals. A well behaved dog depends on boundaries and limits being set 24-7 by their pack mates.