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Motivational Leadership VS Intimidation In Dog Training

There is a common phrase used when people are in charge of anything: You have to show them who’s boss. While it’s true that your dog needs to understand you’re in charge, many people take this to mean that they need to lead through fear and intimidation. However, this can cause some undesirable consequences.

Think about it from the perspective of work. When you have a boss that leads through bullying and intimidation, you’re not likely to enjoy working. There’s also a good chance that if you get a chance to move onto another job, you’re more likely to make that move.

On the other hand, if you have a boss that is a true leader – someone who leads with respect, dignity, and appreciation – it builds loyalty. You’ll work hard for that boss because you choose to, because you want to make them proud, and because they’ve earned your respect.

It’s similar to dog training. Many people use an iron fist and very physical methods to force their dog into submission.

And sure, this may provide some results, but it doesn’t exactly earn you the loyalty and respect of your dog. Instead, it earns fear, and – though that seems like a good thing in some people’s minds – it can lead your dog to be aggressive. Sadly, that aggression can turn towards you, your kids, or an innocent bystander if your dog perceives a threat.

Obviously, aggression in your dog is neither wanted nor safe. A better option is to train through leadership. You want your dog to view you as the leader of the pack – not the dangerous head honcho. And one of the best ways to do this is to use motivational training. Your dog needs to understand that there is a specific action you expect from them. When they complete that action, there is a reward waiting on the other side.

This type of training works for everyone – both four-legged and two-legged. When you were a child, you were more likely to clean your room if there was ice cream or free time with your friends on the other side. Employees are more likely to hit sales goals if there is a bonus waiting for them. And dogs are more likely to respond when there is a treat at the end of their work.

In addition to this being a great way to achieve the desired results with your dog, it also helps to build loyalty and a bond between the two of you. There is also less of a chance of you or a loved one being on the receiving end of an aggressive attack. If you’re ready to be a leader in your dog’s training, reach out to us today. We can help guide you through it to reach your training goals.

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