Any new “dogaholic” questions of what makes the equilibrium in a dog’s life and according to specialists, three are the key elements of an importance in this regard: body, mind & heart of a dog. And so, the dog must be in the proper shape, must receive the correct teaching and get the love and affection that fills his emotional part.
Being a novel dog owner, it is essential to remember that both humans and dogs have one thing that is absolutely in common – they both have a high sense of emotions: instinctual and intellectual.
For dogs, the instinct or “the natural drive” is the dominating emotion, while for humans – the intellect or reasoning gets more of the importance. Nevertheless, by any chance, no one should not misinterpret, instinct as dominating emotion of dogs and animals in general, as a lack of rationality or as an absence of cognitive or learning capacities amongst dogs.
Likewise, it is highly important for the humans to build the proper communication with a dog, starting by understanding the dog’s specific behavior – or said differently, a good dog owner must try to understand why the dog it does what it does. Though, a dog’s behavior is an action that is determined by dissimilar biological and empirical (experiential) factors.
Speaking about biological factor – dogs are naturally equipped to develop new talents and behaviors, a biological factor that if not properly combined with methodical, suitable and systematic learning experiences will remain completely uncultivated.
So, any new dog owner must realize that having a dog of its own, it is like having a kid of your own – where the parenthood must embrace the authority and the responsibility to educate and take care of the dog persistently and regularly.
A dog owner is the main person to establish the proper bond between the dog, himself, his family as well as the surrounding community and environment. Somewhat, then, having a dog makes any owner, dog’s personal trainer that teaches the dog the proper ways to behave by offering the proper commands and by properly understanding the needs of the dog according to the responses that the dog is giving towards these commands.
Anyone disbelieving about if dogs actually learn and have strong abilities of understanding commands given by humans – must absolutely be aware that dogs have actually undergone a historical transformation in their biological and behavioral characteristics and not only, just because of the teachings received.
Thinking about training and teaching a dog – there is a wide range of conducts that a dog is expected to learn from his owner – such as the discipline, respect and wide range of commands that make the relationship human-dog a productive one.
Commonly, things a dog owner in a role of a trainer must absolutely follow are:
A specific dog behavior must not be tolerated just once – if wrong, you must make the dog aware all the times, that what is doing will not be acceptable ever
2) Teaching your dog to obey your commands must be a constant thing
If a dog obeys once towards a command, your dog must constantly be taught to continue obeying the same command – change of your attitude will confuse the dog.
3) Understand the problem by reading your dog’s behavior
Only when you know the origin of the problem you will know how to properly handle
4) Properly understand the basic dog training rules & always follow them
You must understand the basic dog training principles, such as prevention (you must teach your dog basic behaviors before they actually happen – in order to prevent a certain problematic expected behavior – i.e. biting), maintenance (you must be ready to maintain what you have taught in the first place), a redirection (sometimes you need to put things in order over again) and reward (the dog must understand he is making progress and need to get rewarded in order to be ready for the next training exercise)
Teaching your dog the discipline
What is in fact the discipline of a dog?
Well, in just few words – it is the ability of a dog to obey certain rules that the owner teaches him by different techniques – most commonly by different training techniques, body language & energy.
How can a dog owner teach his dog discipline?
The best way to teach discipline to a dog is surely not by punishing, yelling or hitting the dog. The dog needs to get the accurate education from his the owner – by emphasizing the strong elements of the dog and not by installing the owner’s authority – as it does not teach the dog the value of rules and commands based on dogs’ merits, but instead he will end up understanding them only based on the owner’s power.
Therefore, it is all about building a leadership and energy – not the control over the dog. Besides, anyone having a dog must understand the limitations that the specific dog breed has it, as regards of learning, energy and obeying capacities.
The owner must support the dog understanding how people live, and adopt him into the unexplored before human’s world – by balancing his animal with the humanoid needs. This can only be done by the right teaching approaches and discipline. Affection and love of the humans towards the dog is an important element of the dog learning process. As the owner and personal dog trainer keeping yourself calm, empathic and consistent in leadership is crucial too.
These 5 following practices are proven to help any dog owner/trainer handle dog’s behaviors and keep him disciplined:
1) Walk with your dog for at least 30 minutes in the morning daily
Walking with your dog for at least 30 min in the morning for each day will improve your dog’s body and mind.
2) Provide your dog a daily mind training by keeping rules, boundaries & limitations
In the end give your dog love to show a reward about the positive achievements.
Learn more about Establishing Boundaries & Limitations to Your Dog!
3) Leave your house door first – leaving the dog behind
To make him understand you are his leader. The same thing you need to do on the street – the dog must walk behind you, otherwise he will start controlling you
4) Ask a dog to do something
To perform a command such as “come, “wait” or else before you give him something to eat, drink or play – as he will understand he needs to earn his treat
5) Avoid giving your dog the attention he wants
Giving them too much of your attention makes them hyperactive, anxious something that keeps them far away from being disciplined. Then, do not talk, touch or keep an eye contact with them when they ask for that.