Understanding Psychology of Dog Training: Pack Behavior & Establishing Control

Written by Moses Chia

Dogs are descendent of wolves. To studyrepparttar psychology of dog training and understandrepparttar 144065 pack hierarchal system of dogs, we must go back and examine their ancestor - wolves. Wolves live naturally in packs of at least 2 and more... They live in a dictatorship system with strictly defined hierarchies of males and females. In their system, a leader - usually always a male,repparttar 144066 biggest and toughest wolf also known as alpha leader would be in charge ofrepparttar 144067 pack and will haverepparttar 144068 right to everything. The rest ofrepparttar 144069 dogs inrepparttar 144070 pack would be followers and follow their leader willingly. This hierarchy system is not static and would change when another dominant member challengerepparttar 144071 leader's authority and win. For your dog, your family isrepparttar 144072 pack and every member is part ofrepparttar 144073 hierarchy system. Fromrepparttar 144074 moment a new puppy or dog is introduce torepparttar 144075 family,repparttar 144076 new dog will start to pick up signals and indicators to figure out his own status inrepparttar 144077 family and who’s in charge. If your dog see you as a "alpha leader", he will follow your commands willingly and this will allows you to train him easily. Onrepparttar 144078 other hand, if your dog is very dominant (because you allow him to pick uprepparttar 144079 wrong signals) and starts to challenge your "alpha leader" position, he may refuse to follow your command and turn aggressive against you easily. This situation usually happens in children where dogs see their chain of command higher than that of them. This also explains why children suffer more dog bites than adults do.

Why Crate Train My Dog?

Written by Jenny Saylor

A few years ago, before I decided to stay home with my kids, I worked as a veterinarian technician in an animal hospital. While at that job I saw so many clients who would bring in their dog and be upset because they had eaten something inrepparttar house, other than food, and were now sick. One client brought in her chocolate lab that had gotten into her sewing box and eaten a pincushion, pins and all!!! Off to surgeryrepparttar 144014 dog went andrepparttar 144015 owner was out about $1,500. Case number two was a giant poodle that, whilerepparttar 144016 owner was away, got into her closet and ate a pair of panty hose. Unfortunately this dog did not make it through surgery. The pantyhose got wrapped around its intestines andrepparttar 144017 doctor was not able to saverepparttar 144018 dog.

The above stories are a couple of really good reasons why you should crate train your puppy or dog, especially if you have a dog who likes to chew or eat things they should not be eating.

By putting your puppy or dog in a crate you are giving them a sense of security and a place they can call their own. Dogs actually like having a “den” to cuddle up in. By puttingrepparttar 144019 dog in a crate while you are gone it will also give you peace of mind knowing that they are in a safe place, away from harm, and not doing any damage to your belongings or themselves.

Crate training will also help with potty training. Make sure you put your pet on a regular schedule for potty breaks and userepparttar 144020 crate when you are gone or need your pet to rest. Dogs will typically not “go” in their home. They like to keep it clean and will hold it until you can take them outside to eliminate. Remember to always praise your pet when he eliminates inrepparttar 144021 area you want him to outside.

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