In my first blog post, I mentioned that I had found out how my dog actually sees me in terms of who is the boss in the relationship. All these years I thought I was the one in charge or so I thought so. Needless to say, I did not like what I heard from the trainer who is helping me train my Tito. When I first started training with my dog, one of the first things I learned is that in his world, he sees himself above me, and of course I didn’t like what I heard but I took the news as it came because I was the one who needed to understand my dog and make things better.
Here are some of the reasons why your dog, if not trained properly, will see you as him or her being the boss, or as my trainer eloquently put, “You below him”
- They don’t listen to your commands
- You have to repeat a command many times for the dog to take action or listen
- Dogs ignore your command when they know there is a negative reinforcement coming
- How about this one, you tell them sit, and they sit, but within seconds they leave again
Below is a picture I thought it would make a point as far a dog being attentive or in tune when he is receiving a command from his owner.
This picture can be interpreted in many different ways to different people, however, for me it represents a dog being submissive to his owner, he is attentive to his owners commands, or even when calling just your dog’s name, he comes and looks at you.
This picture also reminds me of one of the first commands I learned when I started dog training was to call my dog’s name and he would come to me and look at me, thus acknowledging me as the owner, it was a great feeling.
Now I constantly practice calling my dog’s name when he is playing or in the back yard running around to see if he comes at the command of his name. He has gone a lot better in coming to me and sitting down like the dog in this picture.