Monday, January 18, 2010

Welcome To Seize the Leash and Canine Behavior Training Blog

Canine behavior training covers every aspect of canine education -from the species specific responses that are inherent to canines, to learning theory and operant conditioning, to traditional training methods. Canine behavior training involves teaching life skills, such as preventing aggression problems, and how to properly interact with others and the environment without undue stress.

Your pet's problems are often a direct result of the animal's inability to cope with the stress of everyday life in the human world. The purpose of behavior training is to show a dog how to live with humans, without stress, and still remain a dog.

Canine and human behavior should not be confused with each other.

The response patterns and intellect of a dog is very different from that of humans, although we do share some common traits. One of these traits is the drive to form close social groups with strong bonds to significant others. This bonding can be thought of as a kind of love. Even though this type of bonding is a natural trait in both canines and humans, we must avoid endearing our pets with human emotions.

Solving your dogs behavior problems

Many behavior problems (such as barking, biting and digging) stem from a lack of communication, or miscommunication between you the owner and your dog. Simply put, your dog is not aware of what is expected of him.

Set boundaries of acceptable and unacceptable behavior for your dogs, and stick to them. Be consistent, make it simple for your dog:
* Be clear that you are always the alpha dog or leader in your owner-dog relationship.
* Make it clear to him what is unacceptable behavior - every time.
* Make it clear to him what is acceptable behavior - every time.

Canine Behavior Training Can Make An Enormous Difference To Your Dog's Life

It's a sad fact of life that the vast majority of dogs that end up in animal shelters (or worse) are there because of a bad behavioral problem. It doesn't have to be this way, most problems (like aggression and destructive behavior) are at the very least manageable, through proper dog behavior training.

If you consistently apply the proper canine behavior training techniques and add some commitment and patience, you will be rewarded with an enjoyable companion for years to come.

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