Everything you need to understand or teach The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell.
The Other End of the Leash by Patricia B. McConnell is a "root cause" approach to dog training and ownership. In her position as an Applied Animal Behaviorist, ethologist, and longtime dog lover, McConnell examines how dog behavior relates to ancestral canid behavior (wolves) and compares to our own primate tendencies. Using this knowledge will allow humans to better understand dog behavior in order to control dogs and maintain a happy home.
While humans show affection and companionship with closeness, touching, kissing, and hugging, dogs are quite different. Closeness, direct eye contact, head petting, and hugging are all "rude" gestures to dogs, gestures which they take as a sign of an owner asserting undue dominance. Dogs, and especially strange dogs, should not be subject to such gestures until they are fully familiarized with a human.
Dogs are very visual. They are especially attune to shapes; an owner who...
The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs Lesson Plans contain 126 pages of teaching material, including: