Hello and God bless;
I have had it in my heart to share something with those who have puppies or older foster dogs that are in need of training.
First, I would like to say that what I am sharing with you, is based on over 30 years of actual hands-on experience as a professional canine trainer.
In a nut shell, I would like for those who are interested in furthering their training to watch as many videos on Wolves, especially footage that is caught while they have pups in their midst; that they can get their hands on.
Study their actions carefully over and over and over again.
In doing this, you will learn:
1. How 'pups' or older dogs who rebel against the pack are scolded and [color="red"]Getting a firm grip on how they do this will help a person training their animal, to understand that there is a 'place' for firmness as well as chastisement.
2. How a canine 'thinks' in a 'Pack' mentality. Watch enough videos, and one would 'catch' how a dog shows appropriate submission to the appropriate leadership. Another thing they may catch is how a dog will get 'chastised' (nipped) by another dog for merely rubbing up on them. This is because when an animal is trying to assert their dominance, they will rub and lean on the one whom they're actually challenging. (As humans, we think that a dog is being friendly when they rub up on us; but that is furthes from the truth. They are in fact, attempting to assert their innate 'leadership' characteristic traits. Not [all] do this. As it is commonly known, that not [all] have Alpha status in their character. The ones that 'rub' do!)
3. How they feed or 'cue' off of each other. Knowing and understnding this helps the trainer or rehabilitator to understand that their [actions] AND mental state play a major MAJOR role in the mindset of the others around them.
4. There is no age where they start or finish their 'training' each other. Like the life of a human, they too are learning and being disciplined through out their [entire] lives. (Every dog I have ever raised, I have viewed in this fashion: Whether I am exercising, petting, feeding, or any other thing that I do with them; I have always done so with the mindset that they're being trained...
whether it is merely watering them or letting them out to run. I am always, always, always [solidifying] their training. Before I open the door, whether going in/out; they sit and wait. If I am putting a leash on them, they sit and wait. When I call (or 'cue') them to return to me, I do so firmly and with definite purpose in my tone; which makes them understand that I mean [business], and they had better return to me post-haste. When they do, I praise them [some/most times], but not every time. This keeps them on their toes, and vigilant concerning my commands. If they do not, then I wait for them to obey, and then make them get 'hip' (i.e. come to 'their', sit down, and then wait for further command/direction. And I DO NOT praise them for coming at their leisure. Nor do I scold them for lagging.
There are many, many, many other things a person can learn from watching these videos. But I thought that I would share a few [key] points with you, to help you understand the mindset of a canine. Remember, when you have a dog, or [any] animal in your life; it is their world you enter into-not vise-versa.
You can take the dog out of the wild, but you can never take the wild out of the dog. Remember this as you watch...and hopefully learn.
Here are a few videos to get you started. If you would like, watch the first and get back to me via a PM about what you see or do not see; and I will be glad to point out a few things that you likely miss.
This 1st video shows a TON of wealth on Domination traits and submission: See if you can see it...(lmk too, if you don't mind-I want to ensure that you're seeing them)
See what yo can learn here: