Understanding Dog Pack Instinct To Attain Effective Weimaraner Training
There are several factors known to impact weimaraner training. Training a smart dog can be more fascinating but his obstinate character can delay desired results from occurring. The owner’s attitude influences the training progress too. Apart from being determined and consistent, you have to demonstrate confidence so as to establish your role as leader of the pack he must respect and obey.
So what makes the pack order so important when it comes to training? It is because dogs are social animals. Prior to when they were domesticated and became popular family pets, dogs in the wild have been flourishing in groups. They follow a chain of command, in which the alpha is the one controlling the behavior of other animals in the pack. The alpha has more freedom than other members – gets to eat first, sleep wherever he wants and give orders and expect the members to obey.
However, domesticated dogs have been taken out of this natural order and learned to thrive with humans. Hence instead of being in a pack of four-legged canines, several have already learned to acknowledge their two-legged human companions as member of the pack too.
But how can an owner establish his role as the pack leader? Simple but can be tricky at times for this doesn’t happen naturally. You ought to be confident and firm enough for your pet to see you as a competent leader who will not only control him but also protect him if the need arise.
To display your authority over your pet, here are a few tips you might want to consider:
Be the first on everything.
Since the pack leader gets to eat first or walk ahead of the other members of the pack, it’s just right that you follow such routine. Always go first when going through a doorway, walking or going up and down the stairs. When you are walking your dog outside, do not let him walk ahead of you. He should be beside or behind you instead.
Call your dog to come to you.
When it is time to walk or you need to attach his collar or leash, call him to come to you rather than going to him yourself. The same applies during mealtime, playtime and in nearly every opportunity.
Allot time for everything.
There ought to be schedule for feeding, toilet breaks, exercise and even weimaraner training.
Avoid putting up with his whims.
There will come a time when your weimaraner would plead for food or bark to go out of the house. Never give in to all his whims even though those puppy eyes melt your heart. You’re the leader so you are the one who decides when to eat or when and where you should go.
Your weimaraner must sleep in his bed, not in yours.
As mentioned, the leader can sleep wherever he wants, more likely in the most cozy location. You can let your dog on your bed but he ought to only stay at the bottom and not push you out of the way.