The Importance of Feeling Confident with Your Dog
I was at a new Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing® client in Southwest Ranches last week installing his new fence for his Bull Mastiff, Rocko. Rocko is a rather large dog and likes to muscle his way through partially closed gates and holes in the fence. With a property in excess of three acres, it was a never ending battle between my client and Rocko in finding new openings and trying to repair them. The underground dog fence eliminated the issue instantly and Rocko quickly responded to the perimeter training. My client was very happy with the results and greatly anticipated the amount free time he would have now that he didn’t have to chase Rocko around the neighborhood and fix his very long fence. As we were training Rocko, my client remarked how much Rocko was responding to him now that the perimeter dog fence was in place. I told him that Rocko would probably be a better, more respectful dog from now on.
I continued my conversation with my client by asking him how he felt now that he knew Rocko wasn’t going to run away whenever he wished. He said he was very happy and felt like a large burden had just been lifted from his shoulders. He didn’t have to chase him around the yard and scream as he approached a possible hole in the fence. I asked him if he felt more confident in his leadership position with Rocko. He thought about it for a minute, smiled, and said “yes”. Bingo!
One of the most important aspects of a subordinate/leader relationship is a clear display of confidence from the leader. If the leader is not confident, why should you follow him, listen to him, respect him, or do what he says? You are not confident in his leadership skills and will not follow and obey him.
I then asked my client why he felt more confident with Rocko. He said “Well, that is pretty easy, I know he is not going to get out of the yard.” I then commented that he felt more confident because he was in control. He was in control because he managed all the outcomes of the situation and only allowed the one he desired. Of course he was confident, he knew what was going to happen.
My client can now extend this into the rest of his relationship with Rocko. When he is teaching Rocko to come, he should start off by using a leash to guide him when he hesitates. He is in control of the situation and has managed the appropriate outcome
As long as he is in charge of the situation and has targeted the correct outcomes, he can feel assured (confident) that he will succeed.
Confidence is what a good leader feels and is communicated through his posture, demeanor, and body language. When my client feels confident, it sends a clear and distinct signal to Rocko that he is the boss and he is to be respected. So the bottom line in being a confident leader is never enter into a situation where you cannot control the outcome. Sometimes this will require breaking the problem down into smaller, manageable pieces. This will keep you confident, your body language will naturally show that, and your dog will respect and obey you.
Body language is so important when it comes to communicating leadership and safety with our dogs. If you are nervous, you show it; and your dog knows it. We encourage you to ask us anything about dogs by visiting Dog Fence Training Help Southwest Ranches South Florida . Our direct phone number is (954) 472-4724. There is a lot of information about Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing® and general dog behavior at Best Out of Sight Dog Fence Trainers Southwest Ranches South Florida. Robin and I are happy to have been your South Florida dog experts for over twelve years in Southwest Ranches and all of South Florida. Our products work wonderfully in keeping your dog secure and on your property. We have trained nearly 4,000 dogs as expert dog trainers. Allow us to tell you all about our Dog Obedience and Behavior Programs by going to Home Dog Training Southwest Ranches South Florida.