How to become Top Dog - A Dog Owner's Guide to Sanity

Written by Tina Spriggs

Peeing onrepparttar carpet, knocking you down, or stealing dinner offrepparttar 125749 counter are all signs that your dog doesn't respect your rules. In other words, you are notrepparttar 125750 Alpha Dog.

If you ever want to have a peaceful and happy relationship with your dog, you need to learn how to become top dog.

It's not just a silly phrase. Dogs have a heirarchial ranking system. In simple reality,repparttar 125751 only two ranks you need to know of are top dog , and not top dog.... The Ruler, andrepparttar 125752 Rule Follower. Naturally you don't want to be caught inrepparttar 125753 trap of being subject to your dog.

You want your dog to respect you and obey you. Don't confuserepparttar 125754 two. A dog may obey you out of fear, but not respect you. That is a dangerous situation to be in. Have you ever seenrepparttar 125755 movie Iron Will? If not, watch it. It gives some great insight.

There's a dog sled driver who beats his dogs into submission and treats them terribly. They respond to his beatings and he has a winning team, but atrepparttar 125756 first sign of weakness, they turn on him and... well it wasn't pretty.

Of course that's a dramatization and worse case scenario. Frankly, I think anyone who beats dogs has it coming. It's just not necessary to rule with an iron fist.

Most dogs are receptive to attitudes that are as basic and primal as fighting, but are much less violent.

For example, simply giving commands and being consistent goes a long way. If your dog is always made aware of what is and what is not acceptable, you will have a greater chance of success.

When your dog disobeys, scold him and send him to his quarters- whether it be a dog bed, a kennel, going outside or just a specific place inrepparttar 125757 house.

A Dog Name is Something To Be Chosen Carefully

Written by Tina Spriggs

How important is a dog name? Well let's think about this.

How often do you call your dog? Who will hear your dog's name? Will you be writing to anyone about this dog?

Now that you think aboutrepparttar times you'll userepparttar 125748 name, maybe you should put some thought into what that dog name is.

I mean, if you have a Great Dane who weighs 120 lbs, you might not want to call him something like Baby or Tiny. Or you might... it's a personal thing. Personally, Tiny would be hilarious to me.

I can just imagine calling, "Tiny, come here boy!" While a neighbor is watching and forrepparttar 125749 first time sees this "Tiny." Now that could be an interesting look to receive!

Maybe you have a dog that has a bit of a fiesty side nd you think it's a good idea to call him "Killer." Maybe you weren't thinking aboutrepparttar 125750 little old lady that lives by herself next door... waiting for "Killer" to go home so she can get torepparttar 125751 grocery store.

Are these extremes? Of course! But, haven't you heard some dog names that just didn't seem... right?

My dogs have some sort of silly names. Actually, my Black Lab, Sadie, had a carefully chosen name. I was pregnant with my first child when we got Sadie. She was six weeks old and clever as they come.

Sadie was very majestic in all her movements and attitudes. So, we decided to look at our baby name book and see what we could come up with to suit her.

Sadie is actually a pet form of Sarah, which means "lady" or "princess" in Hebrew.

It totally fit her and isrepparttar 125752 best suited dog name I think we could have given her.

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