Of all the questions people ask, “how to become the pack leader”, is the big one! This is by far the most important question. How to convince your dog that you are the person in charge? Think of the pack leader as the decision maker – where you should go on the walk, how to behave in different situations and how to respond to all the strange things that are out there.
When you understand how dogs packs work, you soon realize the importance of it and that the pack leader makes all the decisions. If you leave it up to your dog, then there’s a big chance that your dog is going to get something very wrong out of it and make a mistake!
In order to understand how to become the pack leader you must first recognize that the following means nothing to a dog….
What car you drive, the size of your house, the money you earn or the fact that you speak languages! Your dog would happily swap all of that for a nice snack!
Asking your dog to sit before his dinner falls a long way short of what you need to be achieving to become the pack leader.
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, it will not be convincing your dog’s mind that you are worthy of the position, and that you become the pack leader only because you’re a bit of a bully.
So how do you become the pack leader?
All dogs worldwide, regardless of breed, use the same ways to check the establishment of the pack leader.
The important areas to take control in are the following:
The pack leader will be in total control when your dog barks and alerts you about coming danger. This includes anything that your dog may perceive as dangerous and barks at it.
While walking, your dog should not pull you, even at the beginning! Learning to walk your dog properly can only really be learnt through video as I have found out!
If you are the pack leader then your dog should be able to relax and switch off completely inside the house. If your dog is switched on most of the time and can’t relax then that’s your dog on pack leader duty!
Getting your dog to switch off is directly connected to how you meet and greet your dog after your return home. You need to watch it on video. It is so subtle but it’s the difference between being the pack leader or the follower.
Lastly, feeding your dog correctly will establish who the pack leader is, and there is much more to it than asking your dog to sit! Also, if you have a dog that is “not food motivated” then you may be in for a surprise!
There is one site that shows you exactly how to become the pack leader and how crucial it is to change any behavioral issues.