EXERCISE, TRAINING, and LOVE – in that order.  Many people feel that if they
shower their pup with love, he will repay them by being a perfect companion. But
in a dog's world, only the pack leader gets treated like a king.  He makes his own
decisions and no one challenges him.  So, by catering to your dog, you are
relaying to him that he is top in the social order. “
Who’s in Charge” is an
awesome article that explains how we inadvertently let our dogs take over and
what we can do to get back the control we lost.  “
Guidelines to Being a Good
Leader" is a list of the guidelines which should be followed daily to make sure
your dog knows you are the leader and to help keep him under control.

Exercise – running the fence line with the next door neighbor’s dog is not what I
call exercise.  Neither is a leisurely walk around the block.  Dogs need a
structured outlet for their energy that is both physically demanding and mentally
stimulating.  If you don’t have a fenced area to work in, put a long line on your
dog so he can walk or run at his pace, not your pace.  Bring a ball, a Frisbee or
whatever your dog will chase and play a game of fetch.  If your dog doesn’t bring
the object back, teach him to!  If he brings it back but doesn’t drop it, teach him
to!  If he is a great fetcher bring two different toys, teach him the names of the
toys so you can throw both and tell him which one to bring back.  Another great
activity is jumping hurdles.  You can easily and cheaply make as many jumps as
you like using PVC pipe.  Teach your dog to sit and stay while you go to the other
side of the jump.  Then call him over and have him sit in front of you.  Add more
jumps as he starts getting the hang of it.  This is an excellent example of good,
physical exercise which incorporates some basic obedience commands.

Training – just going once a week to an hour long class for 8 weeks is not
training your dog.  The classes are designed to teach the handler (you) how to
work with your dog.  The skills you learn in class should be practiced while in
class, working out any kinks with the instructor.  You then need to use these skills
every day in all situations.  From the time you wake up in the morning until you go
“come” for going outside, eating, etc.  Practice “sit” before putting the food bowl
down, the leash on, etc.  Practice “down” during TV commercials, while reading
the newspaper, etc.  Practice “wait” going through doorways and practice “stay”
going from room to room.  These are just a few examples of the many actions
dogs are capable of learning.  Some others are off, back, here, walk, stand, leave
it, take it, etc.  Dogs are very smart and learn quickly.  With practice and patience
you will have a well-behaved dog that you can control and enjoy wherever you go.

Love – Possibly one of the biggest mistakes people make with their dogs is
equating them to a human being.  I can’t tell you how many times I have heard
owners refer to their dogs as their child in a fur suit.  But dogs are not like
humans – they are animals. Their actions are based on instinct, not emotions.
For them to feel loved they need a pack leader they can trust and take direction
from.  And they need a job to do so they feel vital to the pack. Much of the
cuddling we do with our dogs is to make us feel good.  They learn to accept all
the hugging and touching, but it’s not a natural behavior in the dog world.  One
thing dogs love to do that is natural to them is to go hunting.  Your daily walks are
similar to hunting to your dog, so let him enjoy them.  Use a longer leash, take
different routes, and explore with him.  Bring some food with, too, and stop along
the way to share what tasty morsel you have brought.  Being outside with you,
exploring and sharing food, is ecstasy to your dog.

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