Commands are very important but so is structure, guidance, and leadership when dog training
By Dog Blogger Miss Moneypenny
I know a lot of dogs, many of them pretty ornery. While they are being trained, Laura includes distractions in order to give them the tools to handle various situations (other dogs, people, being handled, new environments, etc). They learn to look to her for guidance through the use of commands. A command gives us something to think about rather than our previously typical knee jerk reaction of barking and growling. They learn that sit means sit quietly and place mat means to remain on their blanket quietly and heel means to be attentive to the person on the other end of the leash. In other words, commands are used as tools to help us focus in situations which were previously tough for us.
Lack of confidence and self-control in dogs tends to develop into many of the unwanted behaviors. Through distraction training, the dogs learn self-control and confidence. “Self-control” meaning they can control their actions on their own. Confidence is the result which leads to less of a need to bark or set off on someone or something.
In addition, good patterns of behavior are instilled in these dogs. With practice and consistency at home, their owners should be able to help these dogs become much better members of society.
Distraction training is very important but so is structure, guidance, and leadership. That’s how you gain respect from a dog. Once you establish yourself as a leader we dogs will follow in step.
It’s not being mean to enforce commands rather it’s helping us learn what our boundaries are so we have the self-control to face situations where we feel uncomfortable and want to growl.
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