It is very important to understand that your dog is not like us. In fact they are very different creatures that little bundle of fur you just adopted derives its heritage from the wolf.
It is and always will be a canine and so it will always have the natural instincts of a wolf. It doesn’t matter what kind of dog you have, no matter how big or small it is. They all have thousands of years of instinct in them and no amount of training will ever completely remove these instincts.
Although you may think that there is not much for your new pet to learn. When you bring them into your house it is very different surroundings to what your dog is used to.
You for instance. That’s right your puppy will need to adjust to the idea that it has to live amongst these strange creatures that walk around on two legs instead of four.
Remember that this animal is not used to living in a house and so will not understand a lot about living in one. It will need to be taught everything it needs to know by you.
As responsible pet owners we must understand the difference between or dogs and us, If we understand them the transition into your life will be much smoother and you will get a great mate in the process.
Fitting into the pack
Like I said, your dog has natural instincts that can never be removed, and that is why you will need to think of your family as a pack from now on.
This pack structure is your dogs way of life and it will always be there. The first thing to know is that you are always pack leader. Your dog should never feel like he is pack leader. This means what you say goes.
It might be easier for you to imagine the pack as a ladder, with you on the top and your family and pets on the lower rungs. There are no equal ranks in the structure. The pack is organised be dominance, so the strongest person is the leader (that’s you) and then each other member of your family is placed in order of dominance.
This is extremely important if you own more than one dog. Let’s say that you have a dog Ben, and then a couple of years …