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During dog training, become the Alpha leader with these 5 methods

May 6, 2008
When you begin training your dog, you first need to establish that you are the leader of the pack over your dog. This will make your dog training sessions much easier and your dog will be more compliant to your commands.

You see, dogs are pack animals and live with a hierarchy set of rules where there is only one leader and the rest are followers. The leaders do whatever they want to do and they get the best of everything from toys to food. The leaders also make all the decisions and the followers only do whatever the leader will allow them to do. So, by establishing yourself as the leader, your dog will follow and obey your commands. There are 5 simple methods you can begin carrying out today to teach your dog his position in your family pack.

An excellent yet simple method to get your dog to start obeying your wants is in the way you present your dogs meals. Make sure you eat something first, even a small snack will work. Then after you are finished, you can begin preparing your dogs meal by pouring his food into his bowl and mixing it with your hands. This simply distributes your sent throughout the food, further proving to your dog that you are in charge. Then make your dog sit before you place his bowl down. Doing this will reinforce you are the boss because in packs, the leader always eats first. Then once the leader is finished eating, the others may eat. This is a simple alpha training method that will help reinforce in your dogs mind that you are in charge.

One more method you can use to make sure your dog knows that you are the leader is when you come home. You see, in a dog's world, the leader is always greeted first. So, by you immediately greeting your dog when you first walk in the door, you are strengthening his position that he is indeed the leader. In order to emphasize that you are the leader, you need to ignore him when you first get home. I know this will be hard, but when you first walk in the door, greet all the people in your household first, wait until your dog is calm, and then call him over and give him as much attention as you want. Your dog will soon realize that he is not in charge and the only way he will get attention when you come home is by being calm.

Another technique in your training your dog that you are the leader is to make all the decisions for him. In a dog pack, the leader makes all the decisions for the rest of the team and the rest of the team just follows what the leader says. So, if you are letting your dog tell you what he wants to do, like when to play or when he needs love, then he will see that you are the follower and that he is the leader. So try and make all the decisions for your dog. If he wants to play, ignore him until he gives up, then go pickup his toy and ask him if he wants to play. If he wants some pets and rubs your hand with his head, simply move your hand and wait until he gives up, then call him over and lather him with love and pets. I know from personal experience that this is the hardest one to implement, but when done, you dog will soon start seeing you as the leader.

Bedtime is another time that a dog will show his leadership in the pack. In dog packs, the leader always sleeps higher than the rest of the pack. Your dog needs to have his own bed and it needs to be on the floor and not on your bed. The leader always sleeps higher that the rest, so you need to be sleeping higher than your dog. You can buy him a nice and comfy bed for him to sleep on, but just don't let him sleep with you. You can still call him up upon the bed and snuggle with him, but just make sure when it is time to go sleep that he goes to his own bed.

The last way you can demonstrate to your dog that you are the alpha leader is by grooming him and rubbing his belly. In the dog world, lying down displays submission to an authority leader and a pack leader will never show submission to those under him. This is what will make these sessions so great. It's a fun and relaxing way for both you and your pet and it also proves to your dog that you are the leader and he is subordinate to you. All you have to do is make your dog lay down on his side and then brush him and rub his belly. This may be hard to do at first since your dog is not used to doing this, but as you continue to it, it will become easier and he will even begin to look forward to his grooming sessions.

Once you start applying the five techniques mentioned above, you dog will start learning that his role in the pack is one of a follower and not a leader. He will also learn that you are the leader. When this happens, your training sessions will be much easier because your dog will now be programmed to listen and obey your commands.
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