“How to establish yourself as pack leader”? This is by far the most frequently asked question by dog owners. This is the most important question of all. How to convince your dog that you are the pack leader or the person in charge.
Think of the pack leader as the decision maker. Where you should go on a walk, how to behave in different situations and how to respond to all the strange things that are out there.
Once you appreciate how dog packs function you will very quickly appreciate just how important it is that the pack leader makes all the decisions. If you were to leave the decision making up to your dog then there is a real chance that your dog would probably get it very wrong.
To understand how to be regarded as the pack leader you have to initially be aware that the following means nothing to your dog:
Your dog would be very happy to swap all of them for a treat!
If you are to become the pack leader, then getting your dog to sit before you give him his meals is not enough. You need to do a lot more.
Lastly, dominating your dog is certainly not the way to become the pack leader. In fact, this can backfire badly on you later if you teach your dog that physical strength is what it is all about. Whilst you may force your dog into submission he will not be convinced that you are worthy of the position. He will not recognise you as the pack leader, just that you are a bit of a bully.
All dogs, regardless of breed, use the same methods to establish the pack leader.
The important areas in which you need to take control are the following:
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