Are YOU the Boss?
With so many different schools of thought in the training world, it is often hard to know if we are doing the right things with our dogs.
Information is everywhere all the time, the problem is weeding through what is VALUABLE information and knowing what to do and how to do it.
These days you can pretty much find out how to do anything you want on YouTube....but how do you know if it is the RIGHT thing to do, especially when it comes to your dog?
Unfortunately, I don't have an answer for that, because the reality is, my business is dog training and canine wellness, and I charge for what I do.
Now, don't get me wrong, I do give away a lot of free content (hence my weekly Training Tuesdays and FB and IG shares), but the reality is, if you want quality help, that will truly make a difference in your entire family's life, you just may have to pay for it.
I digress....when I sat down to write this, my goal was to give you some tips to ensure that you are the one "in charge" in your home. The thing is, trainers are a dime a dozen, some charge a lot, some a little, but the important thing is WHAT INFORMATION ARE THEY GIVING YOU?
If you are to be the boss in your own home, this does not mean alpha rolling your dog when he doesn't listen. This does mean setting fair boundaries and expecting your dog to behave AFTER they have been taught the proper skill set.
Here are a few tips to help ensure that you are a the boss in your own home, while still being fair.
1. You feed your dog after the family eats, remember your dog needs you...you have thumbs, they do not. Feeding your dog twice a day reminds them that they need you.
2. Have your dog sit while you put the food bowl down (only fair if they actually know how to sit). If they just go for the food, pick it up and wait. Repeat as many times as needed, the light bulb will go on!
3. Have your dog sleep in a bed next to yours, especially if they tend to be naughty. Sleeping in your bed is the top spot of the house....who is the boss?
4. Have your dog sit at the door before being released to go outside.
All of these tips make a good leader, and set you up to be the boss in your own home.
Be aware of the methods you are using with your dogs. Are they getting reprimanded for things they "should" know, but do they REALLY know what you want of them?
In most cases, dogs fail because they do not fully understand the criteria in which is expected of them. Food for thought, that's for sure!
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