Monday, November 19, 2012

who's leader of the pack?

so many stories to tell... it is hard to know where to begin. I think this week i'll tell about jesse's first lessons as a pup.  the first thing I taught him, even before the sit-stay-etc. commands was "don't pull" and "leave it", the latter getting the most used.

I knew he was going to be a big boy and hate walking with dogs that make that horrid choking/cough sound as they pull against their leashes; and....didn't want to be dragged down the street when he became full grown -- thus, the "don't pull" command was learned while on a leash.

 I had been told that Berners were easy to train with their gentle nature and needed a gentle, with love, training. The breeder warned against using old fashioned  "obedience" training.

However.... Jesse was the "alpha" in his puppy pack and there were quite a few moments that he tried to make me think he was in command and made the rules. I had read somewhere a long time ago about domestic dogs also thinking in terms of a pack, just as wolves & coyotes do. Okay, knowing something about those guys in my wildlife studies, I pondered what do the Alpha's do to establish their leadership... next to beating the ever-living-bahgezies out of the usurper, ha! They simply do two things for the most part. One they eat first- always actually they are first in everything, down a path, hunt, mate, you name the task, the alpha is first. So, with that thought... Jesse never got anything to eat within one-half hour before we ate and always had something, a treat or meal right after us. Second, and I think this one was the best of all... he never entered or left the front doorway of the house or gate outside before us... he went through those portals behind us.  I will tell you-- those two things once established, made his training so much easier. And it was so nice being able to open a door without worrying about him dashing through.

The only thing left to do was for each of us teach the other our specific languages and the "rules of the pack."
he also loved to eat crab-grass...note the bare spots on the lawn
 until.......
his "eating paper products" fetish began.... next story.... the $600.00 snack.


13 comments:

  1. Bless Jessej we can't wait to find out what happened with the mega dollar attack. Could it be a green paper snack attack? Hope all is well as can be. Have a good day.
    Best wishes Molly

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  2. Hi Jessej sounds just like sheba, she thought she was the boss untill we taught her the rules of eating after us and going through doors after us.

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    1. :) i bet sheba was a perfect princess... :)

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  3. Such simple rules work wonders dont they!

    Woofs H and Cadbury

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    1. oh cadbury, i bet you taught M the rules... of Cadbury's castle.

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  4. ???? So wrong, I trained my Ogre (slave) from day one to do everything I want. lol.

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    1. ahhh, but you were a "princess" soon to be "queen", it was different for you my sweet U..U

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  5. We like to eat paper products too! Can't wait to hear what Jesse ate!

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  6. M....
    I'm back in the saddle again!! I have missed your stories about Jessej!! ;)
    I am looking forward to reading about the "$600.00 snack!!" I love "bad dog" stories!! You have me intrigued!! ;op
    Love, Raelyn.... And Rose, my BEAUTIFULLY UNIQUE "Mystery Dog"!!

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  7. Mum always does the eating thing first with me, can't wait to hear about the $600.00 snack!!!!

    Milo :)

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  9. I hoped to be in charge, when I was a puppy. My bipeds did the same things to me, to convince me otherwise!

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