Temecula Dog Training Advice
Treating your dog like a human will almost always result in your dog treating you like a DOG!
It’s natural for dog owners to treat their pets like they would want to be treated. Dog owners aren’t alone in this mindset, many dog trainers actually share this unhealthy view of human/dog interaction. What’s worse is that they actually promote this destructive philosophy with their clients. This unnatural outlook concerning dogs motivates some of them to remove anything that might be perceived as “negative” from their training programs. In fact, there are schools of thought concerning dog training methods and canine behavior that espouse using only positive reinforcement when training a dog. “Purely positive” dog training methods certainly sound more humane, and who wants to be negative towards their dog anyway?The thing that the promoters of these positive only methods forget to consider is; what’s the natural training philosophy for dogs? How does a dog think? What motivates the dog? What is the basis for a dogs relationship with us and with other dogs? Domesticated dogs adhere to a well-defined way of thinking socially within their pack/family. This pack social structure is known as Dominance Hierarchy. Within this social structure a well-defined pecking order is established and it is critical that the dog recognize their human family members as positionally superior to themselves within the pack .
The reason leadership within your family/pack is so vital is that if your dog doesn’t see you as a leader it’s going to treat you like a subordinate pack member. That means they do what they want, when the want and how they want. Who are you to question them anyway, if you’re subordinate to them? They’re the ones who did what it took to establish themselves as the leader/alpha.
Effective dog obedience training first determines which techniques are going to be effective with the individual dog. Then the dog trainer works with the owner AND the dog together in order to establish healthy communication and a well-balanced relationship that results in obedience, good behavior and a dog that clearly views their owner as the pack leader.
Temecula dog trainers vary in their training philosophies. There are some dog trainers in Temecula who promote the unnatural idea that only positive reinforcement offers a complete and effective dog training solution. Ask questions and find out if the trainer you’re talking to really understands how dogs think or whether their dog training program is based upon what “feels good” rather than what is best for the dog.
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