In April this year, I became the proud owner of a pedigree rottweiller, her name is Coco. Upon my secondary research of the breed, I learnt that this is a difficult dog for first time owners due to the high level of intelligence of the dog, it's over-territorial nature, and later insubordinance to the pack leader. The successful pack leader will be firm yet fair, consistent yet compassionate and will adhere to the three pillars of every dogs' need of affection, discipline and excercise.
Although I was a first time dog owner, Coco, thankfully is generally a calm an d submissive dog whose behaviour and routine is very consistent. The behaviour is due to the fact she is from a pedigree lineage. Her parents were born here, their parents were born here, but the previous three generations, all of which are Kennel Club registered, are from Germany. The consistence of her routine is in large part down to her human family. She wakes, eats, plays, relieves herself at the same time of the day.
Readers of this blog may wonder why I am spending time introducing them to Coco. The answer is simple. Through my observation of successful teachers, I have learnt that they possess similar traits to those required by owners of calm submissive dogs.
Besides sustainance and physical activity, a good dog owner provides mental stimulation, praise and discipline. These pillars of success are no different from an outstanding teacher.