December 23, 2010 4 Comments
Anybody who’s come over and met my dog Sasha knows I’m no expert on dog training, but I found this article on changing patterns in the general approaches to the matter to be quite interesting. I read a Cesar Millan book, and though I don’t have enough follow-through to have been particularly effective, his approach certainly makes the most sense to me. Dogs are wolves. Basically, perpetually adolescent wolves, but wolves none the less (the fact that they can still easily interbreed is telling you something). We know wolves have evolved a very specific social structure with alpha wolves. It only makes sense that the human is thus the leader of the pack and should act accordingly. Sure, you should be nice to your dog and show it plenty of love and affection, but when it comes to having your dog obey and understand its role in your home, the human needs to be the alpha (or so it seems to me). This past summer David watched a bunch of a show on Animal Planet called “It’s me or the dog.” More often than not, it seemed that the problems with severely misbehaving dogs boiled down to owners who completely let their dog run the household. Obviously, that doesn’t meant that positive reinforcement can’t work at that Cesar’s is the only way to go, but as with being a parent, I don’t think you are doing your dog any favors by simply trying to be their best friend.