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Training and Care — Tip Of The Week

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Excerpt #18

Building a Bond with Your Dog

Bonding is an essential concept closely linked to leadership. You should be able to see now how these ideas tie in with our 10 training principles – such as mutual respect between you and your dog.

This is one of the reasons we encourage positive training so much: it encourages you to develop a strong bond with your dog, which has all kinds of good knock-on effects for speeding up training and making sure it "sticks" in your dog's mind. In short, a happy dog learns better. Think about this yourself: would you prefer to learn a new skill from a friend you trust, or from an enemy who wants to punch you every time you make a mistake? (Assuming you're not learning martial arts.)

Not only would you prefer to learn from your friend, but you'd also learn FASTER from your friend because you don't have the stress and confusion that comes with being physically punished for making a mistake. Mistakes are part of the learning process for both dogs and humans and cannot be avoided, therefore they should not be punished.

Having a strong bond with your dog is a very interesting experience. Often, owners will find that their dog reacts when they get sad – as if the dog knows how they're feeling, even if they don't show it through body language. Other times, a dog will seem to understand what a command means without any training – the dog just seems to "know." This is the kind of almost "sixth sense" like stuff that happens when you and your dog are very in tune to each other. Needless to say, it makes the whole training process much, much easier.

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Every dog should have a man of his own. There is nothing like a well-behaved person around the house to spread the dog's blanket for him, or bring him his supper when he comes home man-tired at night.

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