Getting Started Week 38 - Rank and Serial Number, Please!
learn from example. If you don't want your
puppy to dig, then don't allow him or her to watch you dig in the garden.
You may plant a flower just to have your puppy dig it up.
If you DO want your puppy to chew something new, then you pretend
YOU are chewing on it. Your puppy is more likely to follow your example
if your puppy sees you as a social leader.
Nature intended social learning for survival. In fact, social ladder
climbing is also innate behavior.
more your puppy sees you as a social leader, the more your puppy will be
eager to imitate you and learn from you. The
military framework of social status is similar to how canines
relate to one another. In the canine world, in each situation, you
are either above me in rank or I am above you. Size matters but is not
the final say for higher ranking status. In fact, you will see pup's
respond better to a low, growly male voice than a high tone female
Canines know we are not canines but will determine, "Am I in control of
this situation or do I need to defer?" Canines are watching our
every move to figure out the family social structure. Who is
telling who what to do in this family? Asking your puppy to sit
is like asking for a salute. It's a gentle reminder that you are
higher in social
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