How To Be Your Dog’s Leader
We have talked before about the importance of learning your dog’s psychology to be able to train him properly. Imagining the solutions just won’t do the trick.
Today we will show you what teaching your pet who the leader is. You have probably seen Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer, talk about you being the leader of the pack all the time. Well, that is exactly what I am talking about.
When you lead your dog you are communicating your leadership and at the same time, you are teaching him/her good manners. Keep in mind that the animal learns better when reinforced than when punished, and that is something very frequently forgotten when trying to train the animal.
Not all dogs respond the same way to all positive reinforcements, but one that hardly ever fails is food. Try to keep some sort of treat around at the beginning. This will be substituted later with praise and caresses and it will mean the same to your pet. Love is always the best reward!
There is also a very important point one must never forget. Dog owners also have to learn to be the leader of the pack. That does not necessarily come naturally to us, even though we think the opposite.
Forcing is not leading! Transmitting your knowledge of what you are doing to your dog in a calm way has always the best results. We are not trying to impose, but to teach.
Whatever you want to teach your dog has to be based on his/her respect for you and his/her desire to follow your lead.
If you are willing to take the necessary time to train your dog at the beginning, because you certainly want to have a well behaved pet, you must never forget that persistence is of the utmost importance. It is easy to get tired and to feel sometimes like you want “to throw in the towel”, but that way, do remember that you will always lose the fight!
If you have children, you probably know what I mean. Not even us humans learn anything the first time we try it. We have to repeat and repeat until it is embedded in our brain, so consider this every time you are faced with the need to give your dog the next lesson.
You will lead by example, so you have to learn to be a good leader first!