Being the leader is a full time job. I found some great information articulated much more clearly than I possibly can on this subject. Don't take me the wrong way-I do dress my dogs in clothes and speak lovingly of them, but seeing us in action daily is different. I am never constantly fawning over them and stuffing them with unearned treats. They are never allowed on the furniture. Sometimes I have to assert boundaries that have slipped because someone else within our pack or a casual visitor has fawned over them. I can control my dogs, but people-jeez! Some humans have needed correction in front of my subordinates, but being humans, they didn't get it! I fell in love with this website tonight because it gives in depth information about dog behavior, and the landing link is titled "The Grouchy Dog":_ http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/articles/grouchydog.htm
I have seen most of the problems this website describes happening with people and their dogs! I tend to pick alpha dogs. I am the supreme ruler of a strong dog and a social climber at the moment. www.dogbreedinfo.com gives great and practical advice similar to the tactics that I employ to keep my dogs subordinate. This job truly is easier with some dogs and more time consuming with others. I don't coddle my dogs by merely rewarding them with treats for desired behavior. Sometimes I have to express stern disapproval in dog fashion. The dogs must bow to my cool direct ruling gaze. Po has a little trouble figuring out how to do that at the moment because she is back in the cone of shame due to a skin reaction flare up. She did try though. She looked down longingly at the floor(the cone messes with her coordination and balance) so I did help her get the rest of the way without any sympathetic baby talk or fawning petting. Half obeying doesn't cut it even when encumbered. Sympathetic baby talk is very unauthoritarian and should be avoided. My dogs have adapted to my style and still, there are occasional challenges. These challenges come in seemingly small cute ways and potential uprisings are quelled without violence. Sometimes it's as simple as shoving a dog away and then ignoring it when it seeks attention on it's own. This may seem heartless, but it isn't. As leader, I decide whom to pet, why to pet and when. And here I go-reiterating some of what these great articles express. Read them..apply them..It will help you-and your dog! Humans might think you're a jerk, but your dogs will love you, respect you and obey you. And remember-you want that dog to look sad! Here is why: _ http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/articles/dominatebehaviorsdogs.htm
Po and Izzy are delicate loyal creatures that belong always with us. They are not equipped to deal with the rigors of out door living. Flies would bite their ears and cause hideous painful sores. Dirt would become ingrained into their precious paw pads and noses. Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes would prey on their blood and infect them with dire diseases. Temperature fluctuations would stress their systems and possibly even kill them! On top of all of the negative physical effects, they would get lonely!
So, what do you do if you have a dog that you feel will never acclimate to indoor living? Perhaps this dog has some highly undesirable habit? Perhaps it seems this dog will never be housebroken? Well, it's a LOT of vigilance and work. I really don't want to say that there are some dogs that may never learn how to live indoors with their humans. Some dogs might need 24/7 attendance for a long time before they get with the program of tolerable living. I know it took a while with Izzy. We went through an episode of regression and she was urinating in secret spots and pooing in front of Granny's big screen whenever our backs were turned. Today, she is still not fully in the circle of trust. I do not let her roam out of site when we are home, and she does get caged when we have to go out and leave her alone. She does hate this cage, but it saves aggravation and labor for us. I have studied when she is most likely to need to evacuate and I make sure that she goes out accordingly. Now she is happy to go out on her own and do her business. Sometimes when the weather is bad, she does still hoard it up a bit-but instead of sneaking off to burst in front of the T.V. she makes a mad dash for the yard. She has come a long way and it has taken a few months. This little post by no means covers everything it takes to make your dog a liveable house companion and every dog is different. Employ vigilance, be the pack leader- because that's what dogs need-and be tenacious and stubborn!