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Don’t Get Worked Up About Being the Pack Leader

Paul Thrasher  |  Dec 15th 2010


The best way to be a pack leader to your dog/s is to be calm and assertive, but also relaxed. People get really worked up when training their dogs and the dogs really do pick up on that nervous, tense energy. Remember, training is the most bonding experience you can have with a young dog; it establishes the way in which the dog relates to you. So, being calm and in control, but also having fun and friendly energy helps the dog relax an let you lead. It also helps the dog emulate your energy, making for a happy, well adjusted dog. Some everyday ways to enforce pack leadership status are: 1. Walking in and out of doors before the dog. Teach the dog to sit and stay or “wait” before the dog can leave or enter. 2. Feeding the dog right AFTER your meals. 3. Making the dog work for each cookie or treat by sitting, laying down or coming to you. 4. Never letting the dog pull on the leash.