There are certain behaviour trends exhibited in the way a mother communicates with her puppy that can be successfully applied to dog training in adult hood.
The scruff and muzzle notion are two important acts of communication between the mother and her young that equip the puppy with vital life long communication skills.
If you’re lucky enough to witness a mother and her litter interacting you will see some instinctive behaviours emerging. The mother will adopt two main behaviours during the neo natal phase to comfort and control her off spring. The ‘scruff’ and ‘muzzle’ notions instantly induce submissive behaviour in the puppy ensuring the mother is able to transport her litter with ease, and gently remind them of her dominance.
When the mother ‘scruffs’ the puppy its natural reflex is to become limp and immobilized thus allowing her to easily transport it. When puppies are five to seven weeks old their mother begins to ‘muzzle grab’ them. Whilst initially fearful of their mother applying pressure to the muzzle area a puppy instinctively surrenders to the dominant force and lies on its back adopting a submissive stance.
As the puppy grows into an adult dog it will retain the ‘scruff’ and ‘muzzle grab’ reflex and continue to exhibit this instinctive submissive behaviour. Owners are advised NOT to carry their pets by the scruff in any circumstances.
The Gencon head collar has been designed to effectively mimic the ‘scruff’ and ‘muzzle grab’ notion, it focuses on applying gentle pressure on two of the most sensitive areas of the dog.
The timing action of the lead means that it has an immediate response to the dog’s behaviour and does not rely on the owner’s judgement.
The dog receives the restriction from both loops around the muzzle and back of the head whenever it pulls or lunges forward, thus mimicking the ‘scruff’ and ‘muzzle grab’ notion.
No individual likes to be controlled like this and if the reward of moving forwards is also removed the dog has no alternative but to come back to the owner to avoid the restriction. In doing so the restriction should be immediately removed and the walk allowed to progress. All the while the
owner just has to stay calm and quiet.
Please note It is essential that the handler does not wrap the lead around their hand but carries the handle in the right hand and uses the left hand as loose control.(visa versa for a right side lead).
It is not necessary to keep a tight hold on the dog and this will become adverse if the owner persists in doing this. Remember whatever the owner is feeling will go down the lead and be communicated to the dog so it is really important that the owner concentrates on a calm positive approach without gripping or over handling the lead.
Just remember the system works in a figure of eight fashion and the two loops will work in harmony with each other.
Whilst it is always better to have the least amount of restriction placed on your dog, this just isn’t always practical. It is much better to have a training aid that appears a little more invasive but is actually kinder and more practical, than it is to see owners yanking and pulling at their dogs standard collar doing themselves and their dog more harm than good.
We hope this has educated you on the fundamentals of the Gencon dog head collar and enabled you to find out more about how instinct and technology can combine to encourage your dog to adopt better behaviour patterns.