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  • The Basics of Alpha Dog Training

    Training a dog isn’t always as simple as it seems. A lot of patience and strong effort goes into dog training, which is why it is often left to the professionals. A trained dog is invaluable in that they will be loyal, protective, and part of your “pack.” Many people train dogs to be guard dogs, which can be dangerous if not done properly.

    Alpha Dog Training

    In this article, we’ll go over what alpha dog training is and how you can implement it in your home. We’ll also talk about some of the benefits of the training method and why so many pet owners utilize this type of training. The bottom line is, your pet requires and deserves some guidelines, and you deserve to have a safe, happy home environment with your pet. Here is some information about Alpha Dog Training that can help:

    What is an Alpha Dog?

    You may have heard of this term in movies and other media outlets, which has become sort of an expression to many individuals and families with dogs at home. An alpha dog is a canine which has become dominant over the household, getting into mischief all the time or making the home environment feel unsafe.

    In situations where family pets become alpha dogs, they are simply treating the family members as their pack members who need to be led and dominated by a pack leader – them. In this scenario, it is important for the pet owner to take back control and assert dominance by providing guidance and structure for their pet.

    Tips for Alpha Dog Training

    Alpha dog training isn’t quite as simple as it sounds – as we said before, it requires much patience and dedication in order to get it just right. However, dogs are capable of amazing things, and are often not seen at their full potential. Though the list isn’t exhaustive, here are some tips for how to train your alpha:

    Stay Safe

    The most important thing is safety. Although dogs are sweet and cuddly, and we love to recognize their loving side, dogs can also do some damage if we aren’t careful. It’s important to recognize your limits, and if a dog has become too aggressive to seek out professional help.

    Know When to Hire a Professional

    Beyond higher levels of aggression and dominance, it’s important to be reasonable with yourself. If you don’t think you can put in the man hours to help train your pet, it’s understandable that you might need some extra help and guidance. However, keep in mind that any training your pet receives, you must also know how to implement on your own when trainers cannot be present.

    Be Consistent

    Consistency is the key to a well-trained pet in any situation, particularly with alpha dogs. The more the dog becomes used to the new routine and role in the family, the more successful your outcome will be. It won’t always be perfect, but it’s important to try your best to make the training as consistent and predictable as possible for your pet.

    Assert Your Dominance in a Healthy Way

    Many pet owners with alpha dogs become frustrated or anxious, which leads to unhealthy methods of dominance, such as harsh punishment or avoiding the dog all together. These are not only unhealthy methods of training, but your pet won’t get the right message. The whole idea is for you to become the “pack leader,” and that can only happen if you remain calm, cool, and collected with your pet.

    Lady Training Her Dog

    How We Can Help You and Your Pet

    Here at Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital & Emergency, we have helped countless families and individuals with alpha dogs find training that works for them. If you live in the areas of Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Chatsworth, and other areas nearby Ventura County, we have plenty of community resources available to our clients and can help find referrals for the appropriate training programs. To learn more about our facility or our practice, please feel free to get in touch with one of our knowledgeable team members today. We can’t wait to meet you and your promising pet!

    posted on January 19, 2019 at 6:34 am by Doctor Ron