You’re out on a walk with your dog and your heart sinks because you see another dog coming and your loving dominant dog may try to leave a mark on the approaching dog. And you worry how badly this could go!
Even though the other dog is on a leash you are aware of some trouble if they come too close, so you try to figure out a strategy to leave…
Then suddenly before you know it your dog is pulling like a mad dog with his hair on the back of his neck rising.
You have attempted everything you could think of to stop this behavior. Like tugging on the leash, a different collar, or using food to distract him but none of these methods work. Now all that is left to do is keep them separated at all costs.
How did it all go so horribly wrong?
The fact is most dog owners and trainers do not seem to understand that if you have been giving your dog the wrong messages at home then when you see another dog on the street, it is too late!
The basic fact is this…
Dogs are simple animals. And I truly mean that in a loving way. But they are simply not interested in the biggest TV, faster cars or their next holiday.
Instead, dogs are about survival. Their interest is more about protecting the property and the pack, especially when they are outside.
Think about it. Dogs are pack animals. They recognize there are leaders and followers.
And it is the leader that recognize the danger and will decide to protect the pack.
So imagine you walking down the street and see another dog approaching, what do you think happens?
Exactly, they walk up to them, everything goes up, chest, head, and tail with the intent to get them to back down.
Unfortunately what started the reaction is that your dog was given the message that they are in charge! That in your home they are the Pack Leaders.
This is where Doggy Dan’s dog training method is so incredible. He completely understands the best way to show dogs that you are the pack leader and the site explains how YOU can do all of that in a very simple way.
What’s really impressive is that he does it in such a kind and gentle way. And it is so simple, he uses the 5 Golden Rules.
By observing Doggy Dan’s pack around other dogs you can see they do not overplay their role because they know he is the pack leader and so they are relaxed.
All dogs are different and some dogs are more dominant than others, while others like to be submissive. It really doesn’t matter what kind your dog is.
The secret is this:
YOU need to be the Pack Leader. Establish yourself as the pack leader and all the other training tricks will start to work. A gentle pull on the leash, a small treat, a gentle word of warning.
You may have tried some training you probably thought were good but without a solid pack leader foundation, it simply will not work.
Here’s the thing, your dog will not take notice of you once the other dog approaches. Your dog’s bigger concern is to protect followers in his pack (you).
So, to turn it around…YOU need to be the pack leader.
Here are some training tricks Doggy Dan provides to help you achieve a calmer dog when other dogs approach. But remember, the pack leader foundation HAS to be in place first.
* Food distractions: This method can really help with some food hounds! The key is this: use it as a distraction. Do not reward your dog after they have charged towards the approaching dog. Use enticing foods such as chicken or cheese, not their usual biscuits.
* Take it slowly: Miracles overnight do not happen. Unless you have put the pack leader rules in place! Do not push things too fast it will only result in failure, but going slowly develops confidence.
* Master the walk: Make sure that you have gotten control of your dog’s walking before you meet an approaching dog. If you think it necessary to use a device other than a flea collar to achieve this then do so.
* Stay focused: It’s easy to fall back into following your dog’s behavior but keep in mind you need to be consistent to show your dog exactly how you want them to behave.
* Be ready to step in: Stay focused on the best result, be prepared to step in and quickly guide your dog away or gently pull or correct them. Then relax immediately afterward.
One reason about this method I love is that it works so well with your dog’s natural instinct.
For instance, it’s natural that a dog will be above another. We cannot change this behavior. But by setting yourself as a pack leader the chances are more likely that they will not be overly protective, tense, dominant or aggressive around other dogs.
Here is a video of a great example of two dogs playing at being dominant and submissive:
If you think it is time to take control and become the gentle pack leader your dog is looking for then take a look at this amazing website.
Remember that attempting to handle the problem when you see the other dog approaching will most likely be too late. Turning things around by sorting out the real problem starts at home.
What are you waiting for? Your dog is waiting on you to give them the right messages!
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