In the pack of wolves (in fact, this family) reigns peace and harmony. The young generation with tenderness and understanding is brought up in conditions of minimum restrictions, there are simply no reasons for serious conflicts and no rigid frameworks limiting the behavior of wolves. A puppy caught in a society of people, from early childhood begins to be limited to the natural manifestations of their behavior. We, people, have a solid “no”, especially when kept in an apartment. Constant restrictions and prohibitions put pressure on the puppy’s psyche, causing permanent stress. Due to the plastic nature of the dog, they adapt to our numerous requirements and rules, often completely unnatural in its canine nature. But it is given to us (most importantly) it is not easy. Obviously, it’s impossible to do without rules and restrictions, but think about it – are all our rules and restrictions really necessary? Is it necessary to constantly keep the dog in suspense, not allowing to relax even outside the apartment, for a walk?
A flock is a collective, each member of which is connected with other members by invisible bonds, stronger than the leash. Being on a walk and doing their own affairs at first glance, each dog constantly keeps the other members of the pack in sight and is always ready to react to a change of mood or behavior of their relatives. Commando professionals are reminiscent of a raid: everyone knows where his place is and what his role is. By barely noticeable changes in posture or facial expressions, by eye movements know exactly what to do. No shouting, repetition of orders or fussing gestures. From time to time, without saying a word, they meet their eyes and quickly exchange information. If the situation is calm, the dogs relax, disperse “on business.” If the situation requires attention, members of the flock are drawn closer and more often look at each other.
The more people were on the street, the closer our dogs kept to us and the less they were distracted by foreign affairs. Sensitive to our intonation. Could completely ignore the loud, annoyed cry and instantly appear on the alarmed quiet call. I underwent surgery — an appendix was removed. A couple of days after the operation, I could only speak in a whisper — any muscle tension responded with pain. Bianca, then still a very young dog, instantly realized what state I was in and did not move beyond a few steps for a walk: I only walked away to the distance of audibility.
The main rule in force in the pack is the “do as I do” rule. The younger and subordinate members of the pack behave as the older and experienced behave. If the leader is calm and friendly, the others behave accordingly. If you are a leader in your small flock, be sure that your dog relies heavily on you and often unknowingly copies your knowledge, your reactions. If you want your dog to learn a certain pattern of behavior, be an example to her. If you are a nervous and unpredictable type, prone to tearing your irritation on others, do not expect that your dog will be an example of calm and composure. Accusing your dog of all possible sins, look at yourself first.
Human behavior is not always clear to dogs and therefore it is easier and more natural for them to copy the behavior of their fellow tribesmen. Nothing soothes the dog, as the calm and confident behavior of a fellow of the pack. One of my friends had a very angry German Shepherd dog. The dog lived in the yard and outside the yard he was taken very rarely. Only on a short leash and in a muzzle. Walking down the street was a stressful thing for a friend, because the dog was inclined to rush to the counter. As soon as someone approached us, the friend tensed and pulled the dog closer. The dog perceived the tension and nervousness of the mistress as a signal of danger emanating from the oncoming person and the shepherd violently threw themselves at a passerby each time.
FREEDOM IS UNIVERSAL ALLOWANCE.
I have already mentioned above that it was precisely the good education and trouble-free behavior of our dogs that allowed us to give them freedom. If the dogs had not been trained by at least a few basic teams and did not listen perfectly, we could not let them off the leash in the conditions of the city. It would be unsafe for others and for the dogs themselves.
It is not necessary to have diplomas with tests. Frank, our leader and a very tough “strongman” passed tests for early on at the age of 6.5 years. The dog was not breeding and I did not train it, quite getting along with several informal commands like “come here,” “stand here,” “throw,” and so on. The main thing is that the dog performs these few necessary commands immediately and without question. In life with Frank it was as easy as with my first rottweiler, Bianca, who had first-degree diplomas in early and postcards education (and for a change in BL – if someone else remembers what it is). When Frank was 6 years old, I took a training group. It became inconvenient for me: I teach people to train dogs, and the dog itself has no diploma. So we passed early with the rest of the group.