I was just finished watching Dog Whisperer tonight, and thinking that a lot of dog controlling principles are also applies on human. Here’s why.
The main problem with bad behaving dogs as Caesar explained, lies in inability of the dog owners to establish leadership. The dog might also has issues, but it’s their man owners who have the responsibilities (and abilities) to set them straight.
What’s so important about leadership for dogs?
By nature dogs are pack oriented creature, meaning they arrange themselves in a group consisting of one dominant “Alpha” male, and followers; and this natural instinctive behavior stays with them when they enter the relationship with human. People who own dogs but fails to realize this fact, including treating them more as a human than a dog, often not realizing that they’re letting their dog thinks the dog is the leader of the pack and its human owners are the lesser members of the pack. Be kind to a dog without first showing dominance s and establish balance sends wrong signal.
How to achieve domination?
Domination are achieved first through exercise, discipline, then affection; that’s the correct order.
When initiating domination on the troubled dog, the owner needs to stays calm and assertive, and the rebellious energy of the dog as subordinate needs to be channeled and exhausted before they can achieve the calm relaxed submission state; trusting, out of fear or worries.
Asserting leadership process is achieved with firmly telling your subordinate (the dog) what you want, not ask them to please listen to you.
And on what matters, the positive assertive energy you channeled is what holds the leadership message, not physical force nor fear.
Chaos caused by dogs are mostly created when there’s no leadership in the house, and dogs can sense this very well; out allows them to take advantage of the absence of power, and do what they feel like doing.
Exercising boundaries on the dog ous achieved with breaking their focus on the wrong intentions the second they are shown, is the key to prevent further bigger uglier behavior to emerge.
Well to me those all sounds familiar and very human, especially when dealing with the “dog people” type of human; don’t you think so?
Furthermore, a head held high, straight shoulders, firm eye contacts, are among the physical stances that command respects from the dog; and as with their own kind, a battle for domination usually needs to be settled on the ground wrestling (and biting also applies on human).
Now if only I can get similar insights from a good cat whisperer (if they even exists), perhaps it will help us to deal and manage our relationship with the “cat people” kind of human. (byms)