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Understand Dog Training Theory 

Dog Training Theory

Feather Pen As we approach the study of dog training theory, we must understand that for generation after generation for the last 2000 years the common dog has been a loyal companion, guardian and servant to his master. Dogs are social animals, which means they survive and live in packs or groups. These groups have a structured pecking order, in which each position has certain duties and privileges. The struggle for dominance begins with the puppies as they learn to dominate and fight. As they grow through adolescence the rivalry gets more serious and a pecking order is established and honored by all members. The pack harmony changes however when the performance of any member in the pack changes significantly, especially the pack leader. As the leader loses his strength or superior instincts, he also loses his respect, credibility, and dominance.


Happy Pack

In dog training it is essential the trainer must earn his dog's acceptance, respect, trust and loyalty so he may be recognized as the leader.

Happy Dog Pack


Dog Leader
Dog Leader

Most dogs will strive for dominance at one time or another, but are just as happy to be followers rather than leaders. If challenged, the handler must show the dog their place by responding intelligently and understandably with a firm, yet loving hand.

One of the most valuable assets is the dog's innate desire to please their masters. As a dog trainer, you must realize that the subordinate has rights too and to jeopardize this by being abusive or administering punishment out of sequence will only lead to mutiny by the dog, and rightfully so. Persons who are unreasonable, inconsiderate, impatient, ill tempered or violent should not train a dog. All these behaviors will undermine your role as a leader to your dog.

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