Becoming Your Dog's Leader

Your dog is happiest as a part of the family. You provide him with love, food and water, exercise, and socialization. He learns appropriate action through your obedience training. And he learns what isn’t appropriate through behavior training. Position yourself as a leader so your dog understands the benefits of being in the family and the rewards of a rule-following member. Without a leader, your dog may become strong-willed and rely on his survival instincts. Thus you need to ensure that your dog is socialized and trained. Treat your dog with kindness to help keep him happy. Your dog may test the rules on occasion. And he must rely on you to step up as the leader to enforce good behavior. However, when enforcing the rules, never punish your dog. This may cause fear and aggression rather than compliance. Learn more from your Roanoke, VA veterinary clinic.


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