By guest author, Kika Dorsey, Animal Trainer
The root of most behavior problems is what we call the Alpha Syndrome. Instead
of the problem being about the dog, most of the time we are dealing with a
problem environment or a problem relationship between the dog and its owner.
Dogs need a leader, an alpha, and if you do not establish this position
yourself, your dog will take it. In your home, this phenomenon will reflect in
pushy, out-of-control behavior.
The way to handle this is to alphabetize yourself in relation to your dog. This
plan does not resort to punishment. It is about establishing boundaries. In
addition to these techniques, obedience training is recommended.
Here are some corrective measures. Be consistent, firm, and patient. The
problems didn't happen over night, so the solutions will take time. If
you stick to the program, you will see changes.
Recommended Training Books
Don't Shoot the Dog
Discusses reinforcement &
clicker training, ending undesirable habits, shaping behavior without pain and
tips for training the dog, kids & yourself!
Other End of the Leash Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs
Did you know a dog can feel threatened by a hug? This book describes how our actions effect our dogs and how we can improve communication.
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