Pack Behavior - Training ABC
Pack Behavior, is the key ingredient for you to ensure a happy dog,
which knows his place in the pack, and help him become the loving and devoted
animal you want him to be.
Many anxiety problems all types of dogs, big and small, suffer from are
avoidable with the correct pack behavior language
from you, such as:
Separation Anxiety Dog
Pack language is essentially establishing you as the Alpha dog in the family. Your tiny tot may only be a few inches high, but
if you don't teach him his place with Alpha dog training, he may very confused.
He could think he is the pack leader and when your language does not match his,
he can become a very confused puppy, unhappy and anxious and display a variety
of destructive symptoms.
The Top Dog is you, then your other family members, then your little pooch is at the bottom of the pile. He won't be unhappy being the least important in terms of pack status. On the contrary, he
will be happy and content knowing his role and where he is in the pack order.
Start Alpha Dog Training as soon as you get your puppy home.
Whilst training, you need to be consistent in your behavior. When your
dog responds positively to his position in life, you can relax the rules as time
goes on and your dog matures.
Basic Rules of Pack Behavior
- Always feed your dog after you.
Even if you have a small snack (or pretend to eat a little bit
of his food!) The pack leader ALWAYS eats first. He
will know this instinctively and this is your first, very easy,
- Never feed your little pooch from the table.
- Always expect a reward from your little baby, before his is
fed. Make him sit, give paw or any other form of thanks.
He must know his food is his reward for good behavior.
- If he has not finished his food within
10 minutes, remove the food till the next feeding
time. He must not be allowed to decide how much to eat. Pack Behavior is essential with eating, he must know if he does not eat he will starve!
- Do not leave a "self feeding" dispenser for your dog.
Firstly he could easily become obese, but more importantly he
must know that you are the leader who decides where and when he
- Give your dog a tasty treat and while
he is eating it, remove it. He must not growl, he
must be totally accepting that it is your decision that he may
or may not have the snack.
- When walking your sweetie on a leash, you lead. If he
pulls ahead, he is trying to take over as leader.
The Alpha dog leads the pack and so should
- You decide when he is allowed to stop and smell the roses.
He may not eliminate unless you allow him to. Stop him
from doing his business by pulling on the leash and take him
just a little further, then give him the command that he may.
You should have a trigger word, see
Puppy Potty Training.
- When going through a doorway or any narrow access, such as a
staircase, you go first, he follows.
- All his toys belong to you.
You decide when he is allowed to play with any toy.
- Remove his toys whilst playing, to establish the pack leader
status. When you return the toy, make him sit,
re-enforcing the fact that it is your decision not his.
- No biting is allowed. If he
bites, stop playing. Resume playing and if he bites
(even in play) stop, say NO. Repetitive reinforcement may
be necessary but he will get the hang of it. Any bad
behavior is punished with you stopping fun time.
- In the early stages of Pack Behavior Training, do not permit
your dog to pull at any toy while playing. No tug-of-war
allowed as it is seen as a way of competing for dominance.
- One of the most important lessons.
Ignore your dog when leaving and coming
home. Just for a few minutes. This is vital to
avoid Dog Separation Anxiety the commonest of all Dog Behavior
- No matter how cute your little angel is, and they are!
Don't allow him to decide when he will be picked up or cuddled.
If he jumps up, make him wait until he has stopped jumping, then
make him sit, before picking him up.
- Introduce him to visitors, to make him accepting of your
friends and family. Your dog is not allowed to bark, or
worse, nip at your visitors. Many small dog breeds are
culprits of this habit.
- Ideally, especially in the initial training phase, do not
let your dog sleep on your bed or the sofa.
The Alpha Dog has the most comfortable
bed. He should sleep in his own comfortable bed,
but below your level.
- If you do allow him on your bed, as many small dogs are our
constant companions and lap dogs, make sure he has his spot near
your feet on the bed, and must not take over by sleeping on your
- If he is lying on the floor, usually under our feet in the
kitchen, either make him move out of your way, or step over him.
Do not walk around him.
Other dog behavior related Articles:
Dog Training - Education is Key
Potty Training - Your first Gift to your Dog
Behavior Training - Dogs will be Dogs
Dog Poop Eating
- What's for Desert
- Pleased to meet you!
Return from Pack Behavior
Dog Behavior Modification
When your precious pooch has learnt his place in your home,
you can relax all these rules, but if he shows any
bad behavior, re-establish the correct Pack Behavior, implement the suggestions above until you feel your dog is happy in his place in the pack.
Remember YOU are the Top Dog
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