If you own several dogs, then you’ve no doubt seen them work out the “pack pecking order” firsthand.
Every pack has an Alpha dog, and it’s not always the biggest and strongest dog that winds up being at the top of the heap. Personality has a lot to do with it, and even a smaller dog with a powerful, commanding personality can easily be the pack Alpha dog. The one that the others follow without question.
Of course, in your home, you are the ultimate Alpha (or at least, you should be), but when you’re not around, your dogs will be looking for the Alpha dog from among their number for cues and guidance.
Unfortunately, since dogs don’t have language in the same way that we do, they use other forms of communication with you and with each other. Specifically, the Alpha dog uses “corrections” to enforce their will.
If some lesser member of the pack misbehaves or gets out of line in some way, then he or she risks being corrected by the Alpha dog, which normally involves a warning growl and some barring of teeth.
Sometimes though, especially if you’ve adopted a dog who grew up on the street, corrections can take a much more violent turn, and involve biting, pinning the lesser dog to the ground and scratching. This can result in serious injury, and if you see that behavior in any of your animals, you should issue a sharp correction yourself, both to exert your own dominance as Alpha, and to make sure your pets understand that such behavior will not be tolerated.
In most cases, we recommend positive reinforcement, rather than negative, but if you see one of your animals turning violent on another, then a sharp “No!” as a rebuke is certainly warranted. Then, once your pet begins to play nicely, reinforce that behavior with a pet, a scratch behind the ears, some exclusive play time, or a favorite treat.
Speaking of treats, there’s another simple thing you can do to keep your pack life more harmonious: Make regular use of CBD Pet Treats!
These treats have a flavor that both dogs and cats love, but they’re more than just run of the mill pet treats. They’re infused with CBD oil, which has well known curative properties, including the fact that it has a calming effect on both humans and animals.
A calmer dog is, of course, much less likely to act out or turn violent, so as you’re training to modify behavior, you can double the effectiveness of your training by rewarding your animal for good behavior with CBD pet treats.
Not only will they make the connection that better behavior is rewarded, but the CBD oil contained in the treats will make them much less likely to act out in the first place, and that’s a big win for you and your pack!
The bottom line here is that if you’re not already making use of CBD pet treats in your home, then you should strongly consider it. It’s a safe, effective, all-natural way to keep your four-legged friends calm and happy with zero side effects!