Friday, January 7, 2011

      Dogs have domesticated and bred for many different uses from the wolf. Breeders have been tweaking the breeds to make the perfect dog for a specific job. Since they have wild wolves in their blood line they still have bits of the original instincts that the wolf had for survival.
      Dogs have a pack mentality, which means they have a leader and all dogs have a place in the ranks.  So in the domestic dog it is looking for one of two things, a pack leader, or a place in the pack. So that is why I have been stressing that you must be the pack leader and stay in that position at all times with your dog. This will assist in training and it makes it much easier because your dog will know what its place is and that it has to be obedient to the pack leader.
      The wild dog pack has a leader which is called the Alpha Male. This dog has gained his position through being the assertive dog and quite possible he had to fight for the spot. And he also has to continually defend his position.
      I would like to apologize for this short post but I have had a family emergency come up that I have been working with. But I will end this post with a book review of my favorite dog training book. This book is so detailed and insightful it will pretty much be the only book that you will need.
The Dog's Mind: Understanding Your Dog's Behavior (Howell reference books)

The Dog's Mind: Understanding Your Dog's Behavior (Howell reference books)

Here is a link to Amazon for this book.

Editorial Reviews
Product Description
"Quite simply this is an excellent book. It is well-written, with snatches of dry humour. It should be mandatory reading for anybody who keeps a dog or has intentions of so doing." —R. W. F. Poole, Daily Telegraph
How do dogs perceive the world about them? How do they see, hear, learn, relate to their owners? How large are their brains, what is their emotional makeup? Why do they suffer from stress and how can it be coped with? Over the last few years a substantial body of knowledge has been built up about the psychology of dog behavior. Combining more than twenty years of practical experience as a veterinary clinician with a personal knowledge and understanding of the latest international research, Dr. Bruce Fogle has written the most inclusive and relevant book on how the canine mind works.
About the Author
Bruce Fogle, D.V.M., M.R.C.V.S, is a practicing veterinarian and lectures internationally at veterinary colleges on animal behavior. He has written several books on the behavioral problems of pets, including The Cat's Mind.

Product Details
  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Book House; 1 edition (October 14, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876055137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876055137

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