As a dog trainer and owner I have spent years studying canine psychology and behaviors. I have often asked myself, what makes a dog reach their full potential as a loving, happy and well-adjusted dog? Below I have outlined some of the answers that have made my own dog’s well mannered, socially adjusted and fun dogs to have in my life.
Leadership: Be a leader of your pack. Dogs operate better with a strong leader who has set up rules and boundaries in the home and in the outside world. It makes your dog feel secure and at ease.
Set up a weekly training schedule: This can include walking your dog in the neighborhood or park, or participating in specialize training such as basic obedience, agility, fly ball, herding, dock diving, dog therapy training just to name a few fun things to do with your dog. Choose safe environments where your dog can be with other dogs so they will develop a trust of their own kind.
Socialize your dog: I start at an early age taking my puppy to new locations so they can get familiar with motion and noise. When raising my dog Tank I would take him to a coffee shop and ask people if they would like to give my dog a treat. Of course I had great response. He would go on an outing at least 3 times a week we would spend anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes in each locations. By doing this you will develop your dog’s trust of humans. Be careful in choosing your locations make sure they are a safe and clean.
The key ingredient in making your dog well balanced and happy is to challenge them daily mentally and physically and have a lot of fun. Joining an Angel Dog training group is a great way to start. Go to the class schedule for more information.