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Respecting personal space, and dominance the evil word

Respecting personal space, and dominance the evil word

When we were young children, our parents taught us to respect their and other people's personal space. Hopefully as parents now you do the same for your children. However, how many teach their dog this very important rule? Not many.

The number one rule I always advise my clients to adhere to is to teach their puppy/dog to respect personal space. This rule alone has the potential to help eliminate so many behavioural issues you may be having with your dog, such as;

  • anxiety
  • overly excited behaviour
  • jumping up and other attention seeking behaviours
  • nipping and biting
  • Impulsive behaviours, such as door and gate rushing
  • and in many cases even aggressive behaviour

Many sensitive and insecure dogs start to develop self-confidence when they understand their place with you, as nothing makes a dog feel more insecure than taking on a leadership role it is not genetically capable of carrying out.

If a person assertively invades your personal space, you would feel that they had no respect for you. Your dog is no different. When your dog comes into your space demanding your undivided attention, and you give your dog affection or any type of positive feedback, you are dropping your own assertive energy and reinforcing the dogs, and therefore handing over your personal space and control of that space to your dog.

You should always indicate to your dog that you are the controlling influence when it comes to your and your visitor's personal space, and not your dog. I have seen so many behavioural problems almost instantly disappear when my clients understand this simple but very important concept and put it into practice.

It amazes me how many people believe that their dog isn

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