A Basic History of Dogs and Human Relationships


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>>Everyone has some type of family relationship with structure, rules and responsibilities of each member. Jobs or chores are managed by certain members. Dogs used to be responsible members of our families with important jobs to do. They would guard our property, protect us, herd our livestock, hunt vermin, pull carts, etc.

In the past, most dog owners had less disposable income to spend on their dogs. There were no packaged dog food, they ate our leftovers. Because canines were expected to work, they were respected members of the family, not a substitute for children. Phobias, and undesirable behaviors were not seen as frequently as they are now. Canines lived within a consistent social order and breeders were still breeding for working ability - not just size or coat.

Owners today unknowingly contribute to the undesirable behaviors by allowing the dog to get up on the bed, eat all day long, come and go as they please, have lots of unearned possessions to guard and are showered with affection and any demands are met. This places the dog in a leadership role which leaves the other members of the family to be subordinate to him. These owners wonder why their dog is not obedient! You have been treating him or her like a King or Queen! This mindset needs to be reset to help your dog regain his rightful place as a respected, responsible member of your family.

OLD SCHOOL training methods were confrontational. Using the alpha roll over, scruff shake and direct stare was all the rage. We now realize that those methods were considered threatening to the dog and a calm, confident leader would not need to resort to those corrections. Dogs relate to one another by posturing, social rituals and avoiding confrontations. An injured dog cannot hunt, protect himself, forage and travel for food. He would die! Therefore, as the leader in your family,it is important to appear strong, dependable, consistent and non-confrontational.

Dogs become stressed when there is no leader present. It is your job, as a responsible dog owner, to become a kind, benevolent leader for your dog. Your duties as the leader are to establish and enforce rules and maintain the social order of the family.


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