For successfully training a dog you need to have perspective on what is important to them. What is their pain, or their need…? Well, their main focus is around survival of the pack. The survival of the pack is dependent on clear leadership. Someone taking full responsibility. If you are working on training your dog, you need to start with meeting this need. So how do you do this…?
Training a dog based on their needs
Be the clear leader. This takes all of the stress away from your dog. Then training them will be a doddle, because they will WANT to do what you ask, and will be able to pay attention to what you are asking, because all of their survival concerns have been met…
Don’t believe me? Here is a list of basic dog behaviour problems, and how they are connected to survival:
- Toileting indoors = Marking to warn off intruders and to let missing pack members know where to return to.
- Barking = To warn off potential threats, and to alert the pack to presence of danger.
- Pulling on the lead = To take charge of the hunt (food finding), and be the first to encounter any problems
- Aggression towards other dogs = To warn/fight the other dog off out of self defence (attack being the best form of defence)
- Poor recall = Dog thinks what it is doing is more important (given that you are in no-man’s land at the time, and surviving it is the most important thing)
- Destruction = Stress response to thinking the pack are in danger and they are responsible but unable to do anything about it.
- Jumping up = Assertive behaviour, to prove themselves as capable of looking after the pack.
- Food aggression = Self preservation
- Aggressive when touched = self preservation
- Climbing on the furniture = Asserting its position in the pack, as capable of looking after everyone (think “I’m the king of the castle”)
Please feel free to give me some more problems and I will let you know how they relate to survival! If you are training a dog and want to do it based on its needs, then I’m the trainer for you. I cover Essex, Kent, Herts, Suffolk, London. I’d recommend reading some more of my blogs, and “The Dog Listener” by Jan Fennell, which you can get from the library, or download as a kindle for a few pounds. This method will open your eyes to the needs of dogs, for training a dog, forever!