When you brought your dog home, did you know you had to be a leader? You probably just wanted a companion but your dog needs a strong leader. The problem is that activities associated with the leadership role are completely at odds with those associated with the companion role. So if you are going to have a successful relationship with your dog you need to put the ‘companion’ role in the back seat and take up your responsibilities as a leader. Your dog will become insecure and attempt to assume the leadership role himself if you don’t.
It is necessary that you look at at things from your dog’s viewpoint if you are to become an effective leader. There are three principles that you should follow to become an effective pack leader. This training guide outlines three principles that you should always follow.
- Manage your Dog’s Time. Create a routine, dogs need to have a routine. Use a dog crate regularly to a predetermined plan. Confinement is most effectively and safely carried out in a crate. Your dog will not need any persuasion because he knows that he will be safe and secure. You should socialize him to it as soon as possible and continue to use it throughout his life.
- Direct Activities. When you dog is out of his crate you should have an activity plan available which is not just sit and be quiet. Actively practice obedience commands so that he knows how to behave in your home. The brightest star in your dog’s universe is praise, it is what his world is all about.
- Be Consistent. If you are not consistent you will confuse your dog. To get a certain action or behaviour, always use the same words in the same sequence. We all have bad days so make sure that you do not take the stress out on your dog. Good leaders do not behave in a temperamental way they keep control of their emotions.
So there you are – be ready to take up the reigns of pack leader and everything that it imples and you will end up with not just a dog but your best friend which is what you were looking for from the start wasn’t it?