It is a joy to be a pet owner, you have someone to spend your life with, whether you are young or old, there is no shortage of love. But it is equally important to learn how to keep that love healthy and strong, when you enter into the world of lies, deceits, and lies a dog can be the greatest enemy you have ever faced. How do you outsmart auedar? Here are a few tips that will help you destroy your enemy and yet keep them coming back.
What is the first thing you have to understand about dog behavior? You have to understand that they are pack animals. Before dogs became domestic animals they lived in packs and have an ordered structure of power. The leader, usually referred to as the alpha dog, gets certain privileges such as the best place to sleep, the best food, and the first choice of mates. The rest of the animals in the pack have a say in how they should behave, but the alpha dog is the rule enforcer and all the rest are just along for the ride. Your dog must know that he is bottom of the pack and that you are the alpha dog.
So what do you do to ensure that?
1. You begin to assume an alpha role in your relationship with your dog. That you are the boss and he is a follower. This should not a hard concept to grasp. You are the alpha dog and he's the follower.
2. He can only pick up on single word or phrase, commands. He doesn't speak your language so he relies on the tone of your voice and body language to understand you. The harder you try to Basset Hound him, the more he will struggle to understand you.
3. He reacts to your emotions not to yours. How you feel will reflect how he feels, if you are feeling sad, then he's probably feeling something negative from his past. This is why when you are mad at him, he gets upset too. He cannot connect between your emotions and his actions.
4. Dogs are pack animals. Dog behavior always shows the hierarchy of power. The alpha dog, is your dog – literally. All the rest are lower in the pecking order, the others are his subordinates. The superior animals rule the pack and he knows this all too well. He's aware of who he is at the top of the scale and he will do anything in his power to ensure that he remains at that top place.
5. He responds to your body language and your tone in your voice to determine how you are feeling. He is constantly watching to see how you react when he does something you tell him he should not do. He is not stupid and he will spot sadness in your voice and he will know that you are upset (dogs have human faces to begin with and are able to read our facial expressions).
6. Dogs are pack animals and he will react to the pack hierarchy (his place in the pack) based on your actions. The leader ( alpha dog) gets all the resources and all the way down the line those who are below him get none. This is a natural thing for your dog to do.
7. He either understands that you are the boss or he is confused about the role you have assumed in his life. If he suspects you are the alpha dog, then he will take on the role. If you are the leader, then he is obviously not the boss.
8. You must remain consistent, even in the face of his trying to get you to play by his rules. You are the alpha dog and you will not relinquish that status by being inconsistent.
9. If you give in to his bargains, then he will NEVER respect you as the alpha dog. He had his role in the pack and he was just making sure he was secure and had everything he needed – food, toys and access to the entire household.
10. Dogs know if you don't have the correct kennel, crate, or fence to keep them in, then they WILL become the alpha dog and steal that position.
So what do you do if your dog is NOT the alpha dog?
1. You establish your alpha role with confidence and assertive training methods.alpha dog establish alpha status by:
Using his teeth to hold the dog's attention, while not causing pain.
Kicking the dog on the side rather than the front and seeking toplace him back in the lying down position.
Trying to place the dog into the alpha roll, where his back is to the human and he is looking for a reward. The reward does not have to be food. It can be placing the dog into the sit position or turning over the dog to play a game.