Eating is among the most primal pursuits for dogs. They love it, and they’ve got respect for anyone who provides them with food (the leader in the pack). You should use your “power” of being pack leader to further improve your pet dog training endeavours — every single day. The subsequent suggestions can help you establish your role as pack leader and strengthen canine obedience, deferment to your leadership, dog training strategies, and general attitude and disposition (yours and your dogs).
A very good routine to have in feeding your pet is consistency. Dogs really like routine and food is definitely an important subject to them. For instance, give food to your pet dog at roughly the same time(s) every day (some change is fine for regular schedule modifications.) If feeding twice a day, choose two windows of your time that you could stay consistent with, for instance, between 7:00 and 8:00 am and then once again between 5:00 and 6:00 pm.
Using a window of time helps in avoiding anxiety in a canine looking to be fed at a particular time every day (5:15 pm — certainly, dogs can zero in on a particular time like 5:15). This is really a concern for dogs plus some canines can fall apart physically and emotionally if they’re ready for food at that time and don’t get it. Ever hear about a canine that’s panting and vomiting or getting diarrhea? This dog is anxious. Establishing a window of their time and sticking with it can help your pet stay calm. Practice the same routine every day.
2. No running buffet
A big mistake is to offer up the running buffet, where food is available around the clock. This is actually a pretty common feeding program inmany homes because it’s simple for the humans — add food as needed.
So why not do this? Because it leads to an obese, lazy dog who doesn’t listen to your commands, respect your leadership position or adhere to rules you’ve set forth in your dog training.
3. Mealtime is dog training time
Wonderful things happen at mealtime — for you and your dog. You get the opportunity to have your dog perform (reinforcing all that dog training you’ve done) for his meal. This could be sit, down, come, place.
This is the easiest way you have of getting your dog’s affirmation of you being the leader and reinforcing dog training. If you aren’t the leader, guess who is. It will be the demanding, obnoxious dog bossing you around for a meal.
For example, hold the food bowl in your hand. Your dog may be jumping, yipping, and pawing at you for the food. This is another dog training opportunity for you — teaching him to be calmer at mealtimes.
State your command once and wait (good to start with a sit, which is usually the easiest). Your dog sits and the bowl of food goes to the floor with praise for a good sit and a release “ok” that they can move to get the food.
When your dog complies with your command, he has just deferred to your leadership in the pack (when beginning this program, you may need to help your dog with completing his command and praise warmly and then give food.)
Once your dog has the program down, you can introduce other feeders such as spouse, responsible children, etc to gently let your four-footed family member know her position in the pack.
By using your dog’s feeding routine as training, you can gain a lot. You get to reinforce all the dog training and dog obedience you’ve worked so hard on — and it feels effortless. You get increased respect from your dog for providing the important commodity of food and for being a consistent provider. The more you establish yourself as leader
of the pack, the more your dog will want to please you and dog training will be a far easier and more effective.