Taking Control Of Your Dogs
There are many forms of control. There are just as many reasons for implementing control. We will deal here with attempting to control aggression. Within this aggression control, there are also separations to consider. First, taking control of one or two dogs, or several. Second, taking control from the onset and maintaining it. Third, attempting to take control of a pre-existing situation, that was allowed to get out of hand.
In all of the above, there is one common denominator, that can help to deal with them. If you have already read the heading section entitled”Preventive Altercation Measures”, you will have come across “Lack of Leadership Both Canine & Human. The topic discussion in those sections, applies directly to controlling your dogs. There must be one all encompassing demand of your dogs. They must recognize you and your immediate family members, as the top of the pecking order. All dogs, including the Alpha, must submit to your position.
We’re not looking for the dogs to cower, shy away, or act submissive to anyone. We’re not looking to beat the dogs into being afraid of anyone. On the contrary, we want the dogs to lead a happy, non aggressive life. We are however, in search of the respected position of authority. To attain this is not as difficult as it may seem, sometimes. As with all suggestions, or comments made by myself, I must again stress that, any implementation of any suggestions taken from these pages, is going to have a different outcome, to some degree, than the ones anyone else garners.
Each person, dog, and situation is a little different. Each action, reaction, and temperament is a little different. That’s why so many books are written, with varying descriptions of how to do everything imaginable. If non of them work, then you must try your own homemade remedies. The key word, is to TRY. If one all encompassing idea worked every time, there would be only one book or article on the subject.
In a kennel with several dogs, each individual dog must be trained separately, to obey your commands. Once they each understand, they will be able to use that knowledge as a group, when together. Trying to
implement control on a group, with no previous individual attention, will only lead to chaos. You won’t even get to first base, and first base is getting their attention in such a manner, that they are open to learning. If you resort to violent behavior to get their attention, you have already lost the battle.
Taking each one separately, is time consuming, and comes with great effort. As with many thing however, it is the proper, and best method of instilling any teaching. Let’s take children again as an example. A school room full of 5 year olds, unruly, running amuck, with no pre-established discipline or guidelines, will not be brought under control by anything short of screaming, and or physical intervention. Once either of those two methods are employed, you’ve been had, and already lost the type of control you want, the control through “respect”.
Once you have the individual control, taking it into the kennel group should not be a problem. If aggression develops between dogs, you should be able to assert yourself, with verbal commands to minimize he problem. This is not to say you will never have to become physically involved on breaking up an altercation, but the effort to do so, will be reduced greatly.
For owners or one or two dogs, the individual training you give them should give you the control you need. It is usually the dogs that have had no formal training, that become problems down the road. Without direction, they will attempt anything that comes to mind, and are a time bomb waiting to go off. It may not happen for years, but it will happen. Take the time, train your dog. The undisciplined and unruly Malamute, is the reason for the past mis-representation of the breed, through some breeders and show related enthusiasts inability to understand the best parts of our breed, their loving nature and intelligence.