Hello K9 Heaven fam!
We have some exciting news to share – Doggy Dan, a.k.a. the “Online Dog Trainer” one of the most respected dog coaches in the world, has graciously shared some of his expert knowledge with us.
For those of you who might not know him, Dan Abdelnoor, famously known as Doggy Dan, left his corporate job in the city to pursue his passion for dogs full-time. Since then, he’s transformed countless doggo & human lives with his effective dog training methods. And he’s joined us to share some key knowledge & tips to help you better understand your furry friend and enhance your relationship with them.
Watch the video above to hear the first of Doggy Dan’s incredible tips in full, or read on for some of the key takeaways.
What’s the secret to an obedient, calm dog?
In Dan’s eyes, to put it simply: it’s demonstrating leadership. Let’s break down how.
1. Step up and be the Pack Leader
Doggy Dan emphasises the importance of recognizing dogs’ natural hierarchical structure. Unlike a school of fish, dogs understand and respect the concept of leadership. They NEED a pack leader – and that’s you!
Key Takeaway: By asserting yourself as the pack leader, your dog will not only be more likely to listen to your commands but will also become calmer overall.
2. Respect their Space
Doggos are very aware of personal space – it’s one of the ways they determine who’s in charge. An essential insight Dan has is not to let your dog invade your space uninvited. For example – a dog jumping on you without permission – could be them asserting dominance.
Key Takeaway: By establishing your space and having your dog respect it, you set up a foundation of understanding. They recognize you as the leader and, as a result, become less dominant and more obedient.
3. Balance is Key
Once your dog understands these boundaries, it’s okay to invite them into your space for some affection and bonding time. It’s all about balance!
Key Takeaway: Balancing leadership and affection creates a secure environment for your dog. They know when it’s time to listen and when it’s time for cuddles.
These valuable insights from Doggy Dan, although may seem simple can help transform your relationship with your dog – and have for over 77,000 doggos & their owners around the globe.
By understanding and working with your dog’s natural instincts, you can create a harmonious living environment where both you and your furry friend feel safe and understood.
Stay tuned for more expert advice from Doggy Dan coming up in the series!
Till then, happy training!