What are the mistakes we often make?
Playing ≠ Being crazy
Before we learn the knowledge of dog whisperers, when we talk about dog "playing", what kind of picture is often in our mind, do you remember?
We always think that playing with dogs means playing freely and doing whatever they want. We regard those bad "excitement" and "excited" energies and emotions as expressions of "happy" and "happiness" in dogs. Dogs jumping on the string, we think it’s cute; dogs chase birds, moles, and flying plastic bags, we think this is the nature of dogs; even, some dogs tear up the house in a mess, we think Puppies are like that.
A very important principle is: playing does not mean crazy. The puppies have been playing with the litter puppies before leaving their mother. They bite and bite, play dominant games, and learn the dog's "social etiquette", but this kind of play also has rules, disciplines, and boundaries. The bitch is the supervisor. And if the puppies come to our new group, you don’t give them the rules to play, but give them the freedom and love you think, and you allow them to always be in a crazy state, then this often becomes a late stage The root cause of bad behavior.
"Puppies" are not babies
Puppies, according to the age of dogs, are no longer human babies. They have reached school age, and it is time to go to elementary school. For a "primary school student", do you let it "play" at home all day long, or do you let it "learn the right way to play"? We send children to learn to swim, learn basketball, and learn football, instead of letting them play tricks at home and become bear children, it is the same reason. Football, basketball, and various cultural and sports activities have their established rules and restrictions.
To play, and to know how to play, and then to play correctly, this is what every puppy needs to know.
Train deliberately to "play"
Dog breeds do have instinctive differences. Therefore, we thought that only Golden Retriever and Labrador would retrieve the ball, and only Bianmu would catch the frisbee. Then, if it were other dogs, we would not know how to talk to them played. So, we threw a bone for it since we were young, and threw a toy to destroy it, and the rest was helpless. When the puppies grow up, hey, my dog is not interested in balls, not interested in frisbees, and afraid of swimming. I really don't know how to play with it. Indeed, it was indeed late at that time.
Even if there are dog breed differences, those games can be deliberately trained. We need to train puppies to play these positive games from an early age. If there is no desire for this game in dog breeds, then we will "train" them to like this game in terms of food and rewards. When we grow up, this behavioral logic has become ingrained, and we have many positive games for dogs to play.
Play with it, not by itself
We have said that in order for a dog to rely on you, like you, and pay attention to you, you need to make it more interesting and beneficial to be with you. Therefore, you should not let the dog play by itself, but play with it more. In this process, you interact, you build trust, establish the correct relationship between leaders and members, establish the logic of obedience and reward, etc. , This will help you in your future life.
Dogs are always accustomed to playing alone, solving problems by themselves, thinking that only playing alone is fun. Then, your complaints cannot be recalled, your obedience is poor, and you don't have a leadership position.
Three, the basic elements of playing with dogs
There are many ways to play. Use your imagination, and the gameplay is not limited to the ones I mentioned below. However, the basic elements and basic principles are what we must pay attention to in every gameplay. Otherwise, the more you play with the dog, the worse your behavior will be, and it will be harmful.
Playing, initiated by you, terminated by you
This actually means that as a leader, you are in control of the entire event. You are not a sparring partner, you are not a caddie, you are not a slave to serve it, but a coach, an officer, and a master.
There is bound to be a certain degree of "excitement", but not "crazy"
Remember, we do not need to reward calm and stable energy state all the time, we must never encourage excitement and excitement. Even if we are playing games, we need to distinguish these different levels of energy states.
What we want to do is, a sport, I only initiate when you are in a calm state, and will never respond to its instability and excitement. For example, find it, you jump around me, keep barking and urging me to throw the ball quickly. I will never respond. I will only throw it when you sit down quietly, look at me, and wait for my order. Get out.
Normal attention, not obsession
When playing games, it is inevitable for the dog to show attention and focus on various game props. However, we must not allow this attention to quietly turn into an obsession with props. Obsession is a bad behavior. For example, in the dog whisperer video, there are many dogs biting scooters, dogs chasing light, dogs obsessed with swimming pools, dogs obsessed with balls, and so on.
It is normal for us to use various props, but the dog's attention is not completely focused on the props. This is a game you are starting, a game you are setting rules, it should focus on you, focus on your instructions, rather than just focus on the props in your hands.