Understanding Psychology of Dog Training: Pack Behavior & Establishing ControlWritten by Moses Chia
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If you would prefer to own an obedient dog that pay attention to your command, assuming role of “alpha leader’ and establishing control over your dog is extremely important! Your dog must learn that he is lowest ranking in family, subordinate to you, to children, and must recognize you to be leader. If such hierarchy is not set up properly, dog will try to take charge and assume role of leader. This’ll eventually lead dog to turn into “dominant dog” and thus tend to misbehave. If this happens, you’ll face an uphill task to properly train your dog. As we live in a democratic society, most of us will find it hard to understand dog’s concept of dictatorship. Nevertheless, it is necessary that we adjust ourselves to understand how dog live and think. By being dictating, you would think that this is cruel or even inhumane to dog. If you think so, you are very wrong! In fact, dogs are more than happy to be a follower and taking instructions from a leader. You have to give your dog directions, organize his space and activities for him, and he’ll be more clued-up and know his boundaries of life, which means knowing what is expected of him when he’s indoor or outdoor. Your dog will be able to lead a less stressful and happy life and so will you.
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Why Crate Train My Dog?Written by Jenny Saylor
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Puppies have very small bladders so they cannot physically hold it for very long. I would suggest that you take puppy out every two hours. As puppies get older, naturally they will gain bladder control and be able to hold it longer. Eventually this time should increase to 8 hours or more.
Another thing to consider when purchasing a crate is to make sure that you buy a crate big enough to accommodate full growth of your pet. When your pet is a puppy and you are crate training, make sure that crate has a divider panel. You can adjust placement of divider panel so that puppy does not have full use of crate thus creating “den” feeling that will make your dog feel comfortable and cozy. In this situation dog will not want to go in its den and will keep area clean. If you give puppy full area of crate it may be too large and dog will make one area of crate his potty area and other area as his sleeping area. Adjust divider panel so that dog has enough area to get up and stretch but not enough room to eliminate.
Crate training your puppy or dog is just a smart thing to do for you and your pet. It will give you sense of security and peace knowing that your pet is not getting in harms way while you are away.