By Ken Snowie
Training a dog to act properly has many benefits, for the dogs
and their human companions alike. Dog behavior training is
critical in order to prevent such negative behaviors as
aggression. It is important to deal with dog aggression issues
by training dogs to interrelate appropriately with other dogs
and especially people.
In order to know how to effectively train your dog to be a
loyal and eager pet, it is important to know where dogs came
from, and how their interaction with each other can affect
The first domesticated dogs were likely abandoned wolf puppies
taken in by early humans. These wild dogs were taught to
perform tasks that the humans needed assistance with, like
guardian territory and frightening potential predators. Humans
in turn provided sanctuary to the dogs, in addition to food
This is a kind of connection that continues today. Many dogs
still perform a variety of tasks for their masters, including
herding, guarding, and hunting.
Be aware that dogs are instinctively pack creatures before
beginning a training program. In wild dog packs, each member
the pack quickly learns his or her place in the ranking. Only
when the alpha dog dies does the hierarchy ever change once
established. The lower dogs understand that they do not
challenge the pack leader, and the alpha dog carries out his
duties as pack leader.
The other members of the pack look to the alpha dog for
leadership, food, and protection. Keeping this in mind, it is
important for you to be the pack leader when you begin
A dog that submits to his human pack leader will respect his
commands without question. Earning your dog’s respect is the
first crucial step in effective dog training, and it will lay
the groundwork for all succeeding training.
There are many reasons to train a dog properly. A calm and
well-mannered dog is pleasant to be near, both for the dog’s
family, and other people he might encounter. Additionally,
being around an obedient dog assuages people’s fears,
especially when it comes to more controversial breeds like
Rottweilers and Pit Bulls.
Knowing why a dog is exhibiting a negative behavior is
important in effectively training and modifying bad behaviors.
For instance, separation anxiety may be the root cause of many
bad behaviors chewing and destructive behaviors. Solving the
root cause of the problem will help to eliminate the
Stress and the lack of ability to deal with it can cause a
of unpleasant dog behaviors. One objective of a high-quality
training program is to help the dog to endure stress without
exhibiting negative behaviors.
It is important to differentiate human behavior and dog
behavior when training and working through bad behaviors. Dogs
and humans have different motivations and reactions, so avoid
the temptation to see your dog as human, and react on that
One thing the humans and dogs have in common is their
sociability and the need to form close groups and strong
While the bonding is very important to dogs and humans, it has
served very different purposes in the evolution of each
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