Training Your Dog Humanely: Part One

Welcome the dog to the Human World

Have you ever viewed The dog Whisperer and thought, ‘Wow, that guy is amazing! What a great way to train 14! inch I know I have many times. Cesar Milan teaches one basic principle about dogs — 14 is a pack animal by thought. According to Cesar, your job is to get to be รู้จักกับ “ปั๊ก” สุนัขพันธุ์เล็ก สุดน่ารัก the pack leader, a principal Leader male/female with ‘balance’. I guess by ‘balance’ he means you should treat youngster fairly, as they would expect you’ll be treated in a wild pack. He gets very good and fast results with this method. I won’t say it’s a bad method, but it’s not the way I choose to train my dogs and here’s why.

There’s one thing very wrong with the ‘you’re the pack leader’ concept — it considers the dog inhabits a dog’s world, and for you to control it, you must become 14 would, the Leader man or woman of the pack. In most of dogs who are family pets this means the proprietor will treat youngster as if it had only instinctual processes going on in its head, no realistic thought processes. To refute that thinking go and watch these two short videos of Lucy’s behavior: Lucy Remembers Her Ball and Lucy and the Dyson (links appear at bottom). 14 does not occupy a dog’s world unless it’s in a pack of dogs, roaming the forests like a hair, decreasing animals and sharing its kill. This is not your dog. Your dog wouldn’t chase its meal if it went eager for a week! It would no more kill a raccoon and tear its weed apart than would your six year old child! If you do have this animal it’s a sure bet that it’s a dangerous dog, one that causes people in your neighborhood to cross the street to avoid.

If you get to be the pack leader, you’ve descended into the dog’s world. Having done so, the dog will integrate well with other dogs, live in a pack fortunately, know its place in the human pack, and generally behave well, but it won’t reach its full potential. When you used the dog into your family, you didn’t decide as a primeval growler, (which can work if you have the cahones to back up the threats), you decided to introduce an animal into the human world. As the two videos show, Lucy is an animal with human-like tendencies developed to the full potential of her smaller dog brain. She, like 99 percent of dogs today, sits to a family, has been introduced to human concepts, and lives in a human world. It’s better that you train your dog to live well in your world, rather than you in its, for the health of the dog and yourself. You will have a much better companion, and so will the dog. The dog will learn to love humans above dogs.

Lucy is a thinking dog. Lucy will position herself at the ready depending on where a person places their foot behind a ball. She correctly anticipates which way the ball will be propelled by the positioning of the foot. She also secrets quite badly, arriving at the destination of a tossed toy before it gets there. Her brain has computed where you might throw or kick an object. Lucy knows which way you will kick a ball simply by shifting your unwanted weight from cool to the other, without even moving you! Better than a goalie in football (soccer).

Lucy knows several hundred concepts and requires, from Jump In the Boat, to Don’t Go In the pub. She rarely plays now but when she was younger I would throw her ball into the street (a countryside highway) and when she realized the ball choose to go out of reach, running into a no-no territory, she would put on the brakes and stop before traversing an fictional line. That line used to be a piece of yellow string lying across the entrance about 20 feet from the street. After she learned the concept the string was removed, she was allowed to go out to pee on her own; I could trust her not to go in the evening fictional line. That concept, Don’t Go In the pub, is central to a dog being able to live fortunately in the human world. It’s the difference between a deer or a raccoon traversing the street and your pet’s thinking. It has learned that motorways (a human construct not appearing in the dog pack vocabulary) are very bad.

Dogs have realistic thought processes. Dogs have emotions. Dogs also have a conscience. Dogs learn to love. Dogs have language skills and can understand about 5 hundred human concepts with words. None of these things are in a puppy when you get them, they are learned behaviors.

14 cannot do differential calculus, that’s obvious, but it can reason out how to change an owner into giving it food. Lucy was handed a goody every time she asked me to go pee outside. If she gets slightly eager, she’s learned to ask to go outside, wait for 30 seconds and then come back in the house to get her reward. She’s going to do this every hour or so until I’ve clued in and watch her. If she doesn’t pee, the rewards stop, and so does the manipulative behavior since it’s now a waste of time. But that shows you 14 can change people. It isn’t surprising really; 14 manipulates its owner many times during the day. If you shake its leash, it will waken from a dead sleep and circle, pant and will often bark at thinking about enjoying a walk. That is puppy mind games. The dog is saying how happy they would be if they went for a walk, and you are feeling guilty already if that was not your plan.

So higher reasoning aside, so what can 14 do? It can learn. 14 can learn so many things a person surprised. If you simply teach it what it takes to know to work well in a human world, it would affect your socks off. Every day that Lucy and I wake up, we tell each other with hugs and kisses how happy we are that we have each other. Lucy loves humans, so much so that she almost ignores dogs. Can they make her food for her? Can they throw her ball? Her stick? Her little bears?

There’s a Line Collie in Germany that can remember any one of two hundred and fifty toys. Joe Alda of Mash fame visited this dog for Nova on PBS. The dog has all her toys in a big heap in one room. In another room she is shown a miniature sample of the desired toy (about one 5th scale). The dog leaves, enters the room with the massive heap of assorted frogs, bears, squirrels, puppets, dolls, devils, Muppets, rummaging around and returning quickly, and surprisingly, with the correct toy. She does this wonderfully, even when it’s a new toy that she’s never seen before.

But when you have taught that dog human concepts, it’s no longer a canine — it’s a Canine Sapiens, a hybrid between dog and Homo Sapiens (which is Latin for Thinking Man). It cannot fortunately go back to the pack. Without desperate to conduct this experiment, I went to The united kingdom for just two weeks and Lucy went to the crate. The crate sits to a reputable breeder and Lucy had her own ‘penalty box’ (cage) placed inside a three by six foot crate. There were other dogs there so you’d think she’d be fine, but we were holding ‘Pack Dogs’, dogs that the breeder keeps solely for reproduction. One barks, they all will often bark. One runs around the yard, they all run around the yard. Lucy was having none of computer, and their primitive tricks had her stressed out. When i returned to pick her up she went wild with joy! She ran around the truck about ten times barking, sobbing, trail wagging, face licking, and all types of expressions of love. I begun to speak with the breeder about The united kingdom but Lucy jumped into the truck via an open door and barked her head off so loud that she could not be ignored. “I guess I’m being summoned, inch I told the breeder. Man, was she happy to get out of there!

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