When it comes to successfully teaching your dog, your attitude is where it all begins. If you don’t feel strong and confident when teaching your dog, your message will never be properly communicated. Your dog having good behaviors does not come from a wave a magic wand, but through you being confident when teaching your dog.
You need to know what rules you want to have in place so your dog is a well behaved, happy canine. Make a wish list of behaviors you want to correct – chewing, jumping, and pulling on leash. Think about why your dog has these behaviors, and how you are going to teach your dog to learn the right behaviors.
You must be consistent in your communication and commands you give your dog. The more you are consistent and practice with your dog, the more he will learn and respect your commands. This will keep the adrenaline level down and increase the focus between you and your dog. A clear understanding builds the needed bond and relationship between you and your dog.
You must understand that you have the ability to accomplish the behavior you are about to teach your dog. This means not letting your dog decide when to be trained. You must provide an attitude that shows you are calm and confident. If you become full of energy and adrenalized when your dog is misbehaving, you are not showing signs of being a good, strong leader. Instead, stay calm and don’t give up. When training your dog, having a winning attitude will accomplish even more.
It all comes down to your ability to display an attitude that shows you are confident in your decision and direction. This is a difficult thing to teach, because it is something that is built up inside of you. If, deep down inside, you are afraid that something won’t work, you will naturally communicate that to everyone around you. It won’t matter what you say, if you don’t “feel it”.
Jeri Wagner is a canine behavioral therapist and master trainer. Jeri uses a natural training system leveraging the same communication methods – body language and voice control – that dogs follow as part of their instinctive pack mentality. Training takes place in the home where the problems generally occur. Jeri trains in western Montgomery County, northern Chester County and eastern Berks County. For more information, call 1-877-500 BARK (2275) or visit www.barkbusters.com.
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