How to Train your Dog

DSCN4093“But this blog’s for training children,” I protested. The wise man replied,

“If you can’t train a dog, don’t upgrade to children.”

Parents-to-be should prove they’re able to teach a puppy first. Ever watched the Dog Whisperer? What insight! He’s the Dog-In-Chief.

He spends 10% training the dog; 90% he invests in the owners! People expect dogs to understand them. While dogs read humans well, they interpret and simplify everything in Doglish.

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1. Am I part of the dog pack? Notice, feed, and give him a sleeping spot. He knows he’s in.

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2. What’s my rank? Stare and bare teeth if he exceeds his rank, play with him to raise it.

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3. What’s my role in the dog pack? Coo like he’s a hero if he serves others, ignore when he’s self-serving.

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4. When do I eat? (Am I in, what’s my rank, and am I playing my role?) Everyone eats in order of rank.

If one doesn’t understand the pack, he doesn’t understand the dog. Period.

What parallel am I drawing?

10% of the effort is in the child; 90% is in the parent training.

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About Stephen

I love diversity, and the opportunity to learn from everyone everywhere. My life has been one long adventure, from the jungle of Indonesia to the Amazon, and a few places in between. Multilingual and cultural, I adapt and find comfort in even the roughest spots, meeting challenges with relish.
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7 Responses to How to Train your Dog

  1. Reblogged this on Lost in Words and commented:
    SO true!

  2. I really agree with this post! 🙂 There are so many situations that get volatile with my 4 year old that could be prevented if I was thinking clearly and handled the situation more calmly and confidently. I believe Conscious Discipline is about this–training the parent to handle things better.

    • Stephen says:

      Thank you Jessica for sharing your thoughts. It is always good to meet others who are taking full responsibility for the training of their children.

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