The Importance of Training And Socialization
-Bridget Gallagher, Canine Behavior Specialist
Why dogs need to be socialized?
Dogs by instinct are social beings. They are pack animals, and the structure of the pack consists of a hierarchy system. In their world there is the Leader and then the Follower position, just like in the military. As a pack, they live and function as a family unit and take care of each other. Each dog is different. Some dogs are naturally confident, some are insecure, and each has a distinct personality. It is an absolute necessity for them to be in the company of others whether it is with other dogs and/or humans. It is their way of life! To have a dog living alone in a yard or isolated in a home is traumatic for them and cruel.
The importance of training is:
To learn how to communicate to your dog in a language they understand. Dogs have a completely different perception of the world than we do. They do not speak or understand the human language. They see the world as consisting of prey and predators, survival and claiming territory. They act on instinct and learn through association and contrary to popular belief, dogs cannot rationalize; therefore, they cannot be spiteful. They need structure, rules, and boundaries. It is important for dog owners to know how dogs think, learn and communicate. It is essential to learn their way of life and being, so that everyone is happy.
The most beautiful thing about dogs is that they are amazingly resilient.
Some have been traumatized and/or abused and are doing the best they can to survive both physically and mentally. As a result, some even become aggressive because they feel the need to defend themselves and they do not trust others.
BUT - No matter what they have been through – No matter how traumatized they have been – with a little help in the right direction, dogs are able to completely let go of the past and be happy and live just for today!
Dog Charmer: Bridget Gallagher - Canine Behavior Specialist