Why You Must Become The Pack Leader
When you are being challenged, then you need to
act like the pack leader…
The post that I wrote about Becoming the Pack Leader,
introduced the fact that many people who do not claim the
Pack Leader position in their home early on, when they have
a puppy, end up with issues when it comes to the obedience
of your dog later on.
It is really hard when you see owners that have tried their
very best and have done so well training their puppy from an
early age. They’ve socialised them and done everything they
were taught, but then their dog suddently stops coming when
called. It starts barking at everything that moves, and
suddenly becomes aggressive or starts to suffer from
At eight weeks old your puppy may have been the best in the
class at coming when you called them, but at eight months
your dog could very well look at you and think “Whatever,
I’m in charge”. In a way it’s much like troublsome
teenagers. The problems are very different from when they
were toddlers but often the issues can have more serious
consequences. The first year of a dog’s life is equivalent
to 14 years in the human world, and it isn’t hard to imagine
what a 14 year old, with no discipline their whole life,
would act like if you suddenly tried to start telling them
what to do.
Of course prevention is better than cure and if you ‘nip it
in the bud’ as soon as you have that gut feeling your dog
isn’t taking any notice of you, then you are at an advantage
for sure. When you’re having trouble with your dog it really
isn’t fun. And it’s rarely fun for the dog either. I see it
everyday, the frustration, the confusion and not knowing
where to turn. Yet when I visit people in their homes it
often takes me less than a minute to see exactly what the
problem is and how to fix it.
It’s Never Too Late
The great news is that there is always a way forward. When
you know, it’s often so much easier than people imagine.
With so many of these issues it all starts with the basic
foundation that’s missing. They’re almost always pack related.
By that I’m talking about the dogs instinctive need to work
out where they come in the ‘pack’.
So basically if at any point you feel your dog is starting to
challenge you, with excessive barking, stressing about being
apart from you and more seriously, becoming aggressive to
other dogs and people, I would say most of the time it will
primarily start with you not establishing yourself as the Pack
Of course if you have never been shown what to do then there
is little chance that you will be doing it, so don’t beat
yourself up. Start afresh today and see everything that has
gone by as water under the bridge.
So when you finish reading this have a think, do you really
know exactly how to show your dog that you are the Pack Leader?
Or are you like many of the people I work with who comment
after I’ve shown them… “why weren’t we taught all this at
Don’t take the chance, training your dog can be really tough
without a real foundation in place. Become the Pack Leader
first and make it easier on both you and your dog.
Pack Leader – Five Golden Rules Introduction
Golden Rule No.1
Golden Rule No.2
Golden Rule No.3
Golden Rule No.4
Golden Rule No.5
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