How to Be a Strong Pack Leader
How to Be a Strong Pack Leader? So what does it mean to be a strong pack leader anyway? Before I owned a dog I would hear that term but had no idea what it meant. Now several dogs later I get it.
To be a strong “pack leader” DOES NOT mean that you are forceful or angry with your animal. It means that you show that you are smarter and dominate over then dog, how do you do this you may ask?Well all you have to do is be fair, firm and consistent with your puppy or dog. Let them know when they are bad and when they are good. Let them know who is in charge and make sure that you are the one in charge. If you let your dog bite you or any other member of the family you are bullying them, it may even become an aggression problem. Yes it can become a problem. It may even become a problem as the dog grows older. To break this trend you have to be firm and show that you are thebeanest of dogs!
Make sure that you do not resort to violence to train your dog. It does not work, it will only make your dog fearful and could cause some lasting harm. Always stick to verbal commands and rewards. Dogs love to work, that is what they are happiest doing.
So what are the best pack training tips?
So if you want to be successful with your puppy or dog, read more about how to become a pack leader and avoid these common mistakes.
ripped your dog apart? Don’t worry it can happen but there IS something you can do.
Does your dog know that you are the pack leader? Sometimes they won’t. Dogs aren’t smart, they do what they do and believe me they know who has the authority. So we need to assert that authority and show them that we are the true pack leader.
Another thing you can do is reinforce that you are the boss in your home every day. If you let your dog bite or chew on anything they want even something as simple as a toy, they actually believe that they are the boss and not you.
Some people let their dogs run the household. The dog feels like it has control and won’t take direction from anybody. Again this makes them confused as they can’t tell the difference between direction and directionlessness.
Some people let their dogs do unsupervised activities such as eating in the middle of the night. Again they have control and the dog believes that it is the pack leader so it doesn’t have to respect you.
There are a lot of other things you can do to assert yourself as pack leader. Some examples are:
Knowing you are the boss in your home will mean that you are the first one in the door when you get home from work and you aren’t going to let your dog sleep with you on the bed and instead put the dog in a different room.
Putting your dog on a schedule is very important if you want them to follow directions. Remember that they are pack animals and want a leader so that they know what is expected.
The first thing that you need to do is decide who is in charge. That is the person that is going to be in charge. The real key to this is going to be consistency and gaining your dog’s respect.
If you do not want your dog to jump on people when they visit then you need to set rules. Make it known to your dog that it is not acceptable to jump on people.
Make it clear to your dog that you are the leader and that you set the rules.