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.


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


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



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.


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.


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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