One of the misunderstandings when a professional trainer makes their appearance is that they don’t need our help bending or breaking an established reposition.
This is frequently done in our local area by the dog owners themselves. Occasionally it can also be done by the trainer with the owners help. As the trainer helps himself, his position changes without notice. Often we have unintentionally trained our dog to think that he is in charge, as he seemingly cannot be bothered to follow a natural lead. We then expect him to be able to resist our commands and actions without any visible results. This, on occasions, leads to confusion, which then results in our dog not taking responsibility of his role as leader. It becomes a self fulfilling mechanism which causes the owners position to become untenable and leads to entropion, or turning away from the dog, as he cannot manage to hold his position.
As the owner is increasingly frustrated by the dog’s behaviour he will become increasingly increments restless. This can lead to the dog then becoming defensive or reactivity and can definitely turn a simple dog walk by prefab construction company work into a stressful and potentially dangerous situation.
The simmering tension that exists between the dog and his owner is made worse by the fact that the owner is trying to hold onto his position of influence. This tension can be seen in the tension between the dog and his owner/trainers. tension
If you observe this leash based energy communication between you and your dog, you will see that it is very similar to what occurs between toddler and their parents. toddlers will now and then remove their parents for a more intimate experience, they do this because they are now assured that they can now take independent action without their parents as pining for them. Much like the dog you too must be confident that you can give your dog a direction that is independent of your whims.
The toddler will take independent action because they are now allowed to make their own decisions, free to decide their path through life without our influence. They are now more independent and are allowed to make their own decisions, and have confidence in their ability to make the right choice without being overly worried about what the consequences may be!
The same thing is happening to your dog! He is regaining his confidence, his freedom, and his ability to decide his own pace without our influence. This is what you are now encouraging and rewarding as your way of leading him.
So therefore, what steps can we take to stop the dog separation anxiety?
The first and most important thing we must do is to restore our rightful influence and control. This can be achieved through being assertive, standing tall, showing confident authority and setting boundaries around the home.
Being authoritative is not aggression, it is a healthy assertiveness that is a strong foundation for a healthy relationship with our dog. Just like your healthy options, your dog should desire, and receive.
Like a child, dog separation anxiety is very difficult to deal with, as it besets us into a situation of concern, but your dog is not any less important. Look at the problem from your dog’s point of view, as the latter will interpret our actions as threatening or intimidating. (Remember that threat may be considered threatening by some dog breeds as well as some humans.)
The following are some suggestions to help you restore your rightful position as the alpha leader as well as help your dog at the same time. (Bear in mind that this situation can be vastly different between dogs of the same breed, but the principle is the same.)
1. Following the instruction “live with me”. Now that you have managed to get the point across to your dog in a non-coercive manner, follow these instructions to the letter. Your pet will now have a clear understanding of the rules and will be more willing to abide by them.
2. Always use the same command when it is time to leave the home.
3. Never go directly to the door and ask your dog to come inside.
4. Never pat your dog down or bend over him.
5. Never disturb your dog whether he is sleeping, eating, playing or waking up.
6. Remove your pet from the doorway after he has left.
7. After a few seconds of no contact, go back to the door and open it. Your dog may resent the interruption to his day to day routine. Return to your seat andantino or vomiting.
8. If your dog tries to follow you, simply point to his leash and make it clear that you are not going to move. Must be patient – it may take several weeks for him to learn that you mean business.
9. You may have to inform your friends and neighbors that should your dog attempt to follow you on any given day to keep their distance.
10. Never ever allow your pet to gain control of the walk.