When a dog has a strong leader, it has a calming effect on him. He feels safe and taken care of. Obedience training establishes yourself as a strong leader.
In the absence of a strong leader, your dog feels obligated to assume that position in the family pack’s social hierarchy. Since a leader must control all that goes on, his inability to control your leaving causes him stress and anxiety. Obedience training is the best-organized method of establishing yourself as a strong leader.
A dog that is lacking exercise is more likely to have stress and tension. Tiring a dog out with a long walk, run or play goes a long way in reducing stress. Mental stimulation helps as well.
By teaching your dog obedience commands, you are applying both mental and physical exercise. Commands are the foundation for communication between you and your dog and create an environment where your dog begins to see you as his leader.
Through obedience training, you will learn what your dog likes in the way of touch and sound. Using this, you will encourage and reward your dog for the right behavior and find out what the dog dislikes to correct it for the wrong behavior. By modifying the praise and correction to fit the situation, obedience becomes a way of life and the foundation for communication between the dog owner and their dog.
It is important to remember that your dog is not bad or trying to make life miserable-although it sometimes may feel that way!
The beauty of dog training is that, much like counseling, it can put the relationship back on track so the love affair can flourish.
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