East Midlands Dog Training

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Canine Behaviourist & Trainer

Donna Hobson. BSc Hon, TGoDT

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Owner Related (Nurture)

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In your mind, are you a good owner, a bad owner or mixture of both? What determines a good owner? The answer is very subjective - it is dependent upon what you perceive to be the qualities of a good owner. Could it be actually what other people see you as in their own minds and understanding of what determines a good dog owner. I can simplify it for you; it is determined by what your dog sees you as. Our dogs respond better if they trust the individuals around them. They tend to see the world in Black & White (almost literally) and can become confused when the owner uses mixed messages and complex human communication. Dogs by their genetic make up, are pack animals and to this end they understand hierarchy, so they are at their happiest if you let them know from an early age or from the start of your relationship where their position is in your human pack. This will avoid confusion, frustration and potential aggression on the part of the dog and the owner!

No one disputes that dogs living in a group, understand and respond to the concepts and principles of a social hierarchy. The fact that canine social structures share elements with human social structures is probably one of the reasons that dogs make such wonderful companions for us. However, most experts in animal behaviour today believe that canine social hierarchies are much more based on respect than dominance.

Behaviours, are often labeled as “dominant” because they are perceived as forceful and assertive – like pulling on the lead and jumping up. The dog has learned that the behaviours are reinforced. Pulling on the lead gets her where she wants to go, jumping up gets attention. Behaviours that are reinforced continue and even increase but they have nothing to do with social status.

If you think your dog is potentially aggressive, it’s even more important to avoid conflict. Your attempts to physically dominate him are likely to increase his aggression rather than resolve it. Stop watching TV programs where the ‘so called’ trainer advises or demonstrates pinning a dog until it is calm or submissive. If your dog is so stressed that it has to use biting as a method of effective communication then you have totally misread your dog’s signs that warn you he/she is anxious, frustrated, stressed or terrified! Learn to read your dog in their language and you will avoid potentially dangerous conflict.

I often come across nervous dogs that have nervous owners and aggressive dogs that have over bearing aggressive owners. I call this the ‘mirror effect’. Next time you shout at your dog have a look in the mirror and see what the dog is seeing. One of the reasons why dogs have formed a very close unrivalled bond with the human is because they can read our emotions by the expressions and sounds we make. I train far more owners than dogs! I often have open-mouthed owners wondering when I switched their hyperactive naughty boy for the compliant, attentive happy boy on my lead. The phrase ‘Can you move in?’ is often used! I will teach you how to communicate in a mutual beneficial way with your dog. Some techniques I use are very subtle but very effective, (less is more) and this makes it relatively easy for you, the owner, to grasp.

Visit our Shop

Visit our online shop to buy our hypoallergenic dog food and treats.

hypo-allergenic dog food


Get in Touch

If you need any information or have any questions please feel free to contact us using the details below:

  • Email:
    donna@eastmidlandsdogtraining.co.uk
  • Mobile:
    07971 400985

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