Responsible Dog Ownership

PRIMARY NEEDS OF A DOG WITHIN THE FAMILY STRUCTURE

All dogs need a clear understanding that the humans in it’s household are the ‘leaders of the pack’.

  1. The consistency of all family members in following the rules enforcing the boundaries and an understanding of why this is important.
  2. Owner established territorial and psychological boundaries for the dog
Designate a place for your dog’s crate, den or bed. You need to decide where the dog will sleep and be certain that the dog sleeps there.
  1. Designate a place for your dog to eat and drink. Water should be available at all times. It is recommended that the dog’s food should not be left down after feeding.
  2. Kitchen manners are essential to establish from the beginning. Your dog should not be taking food from the table, begging or being fed from the table. Your dog will not be offended by this as he will see this as his natural and rightful place in the pack.
  3. Designated doggy toys and play area. Designate a place for your dog to eliminate.
  4. By providing rules and boundaries, and providing calm assertive leadership in the ‘pack’, your dog can develop positive behaviors that will substitute for other instinctual behavior patterns, such as chasing, fighting, etc.
Meeting the dog’s needs
  1. Physical needs of food, fresh water, and exercise appropriate for the breed.
  2. Health needs of vaccinations, parasite control, and regular veterinarian visits as necessary.
  3. Psychological needs
Give your dog a sense of security by having the owner assume the position of ‘pack leader’ under any and all circumstances.
  1. Always be consistent in your interactions with your dog. Corrections should immediately follow the dog’s negative behavior. Dogs live in the now. .They don’t remember what happened five minutes ago, so corrections must be well timed. Many times a simple verbal correction with appropriate energy will be adequate. Show your dog the right behavior.
  2. Praise your dog only when the dog is in a calm-submissive state of mind.
  3. Establish with your dog a system of communication with consistent commands and energy which he can understand.
  4. Teach him consistent rules and boundaries to enable him to cope with his environment. A dog does not understand a holiday or vacation from rules. Inconsistency will be perceived by your dog as weakness in the ‘pack leader’.