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October 18, 2009

When you are with your dog, make sure that your body language reflects
your intentions. If you are training or trying to control her, stand tall and
relaxed. Your dog will respect you if you maintain your dignity.its true...
Dog body language takes experience. I encourage you to watch your own dog(s) and others. Go to the dog park and watch dogs interacting. Watch different body parts (ears, tails, eyes, lips, hair, overall posture) separately for a while. See if you can predict which body stances lead to which activities or outcomes.

Similar to human beings, dogs naturally look to their leaders for direction.
The leader of the group is always kept within sight.
The first question to ask yourself is: are you looking to your dog more
than she is looking to you? If so, your dog may be interpreting your attention
as a need for leadership. During the next 24 hours, write down all the
times you catch yourself looking at your dog.

Consider your life from your dog’s perspective, and be patient as you train her. She doesn’t understand the difference
between a stick and a wooden chair leg. She may think that it is her job to protect against intruders, even when the
“intruder” is a visiting relative. She may be genuinely excited when she sees another dog approaching, although she’s pulling
you off your feet. Think about how she might be seeing things and use the exercises to train her toward a better
way of reacting.
A good team leader encourages more than discourages. Aim for a 5:1 ratio—say GOOD DOG five times for each NO you say.
By focusing on good behavior, you make your dog feel good about herself, and she will cooperate more. Throughout this
You will use food and toys to motivate your dog early on, but never let these rewards take the place of praise,
both verbal and physical


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