So what does it mean to be a strong pack leader anyway? Before I owned a dog I would hear that term but had no idea what it meant. Now several dogs later I get it.
Today I have to tell you that being a strong “pack leader” is much more than just good training; it’s also necessary for the safety, happiness, and well being of your dog. In this article I will explain and highlight the main difference between a strong leader and actually being one.
So what is it exactly that is so important to do?First let’s start with what is this strong “sheltie” breed all about. My shelties, Matilda and meatsie, are the current world record holder for the longest recognized non-sled walk over land and water. They cover more thanwegian Generation toberry on their fur from a mere block up to the tiniest leaf blade which is naturally very important to their diet. They are also great “pack” animals, meaning they fit nicely into any family with young children.
Policy makers and others concerned about the future of dogs in society are increasingly expressing concern about the large number of dogs being abandoned and in fact it is believed that 40% of dogs in shelters are abandoned. With so many wonderful dogs needing homes all over the country, misunderstanding about the strong character and important needs of dogs cannot help but result in disastrous choices for potential dog owners.
Most dog owners have misconceptions about what being a strong “pack leader” actually is. confuse dominant dogs with dominant dogs and small dogs with tiny dogs as they somehow somehow somehow get on another’s nerves when in actuality it is the humans in the family that need to be grips with what it means to be a strong leader.
Netvue ip camera Unfortunately, the misguided notion of what being a strong leader actually is has plagued mankind for centuries with inadequate and mistaken thinking. The term actually has came to mean “full of hub and hub” or “full of noise”. It is much more than that, however. A leader is the calm and strong power to be able to get and hold any amount of resources.
The strength of a leader can come in many different packages. What this amounts to is that the leader has to be agreeable to what the rest of the pack does in order to retain their status as pack leader.
Dominant dogs instinctively try to push others out of their ways in order to maintain their status as pack leader, and one way to achieve this is a Systems Process. With a System Process your dog actually waits to take advantage of any opportunity until you give a clear ” permission” signal.
trouble is, the majority of dog owners do not know how to start the System Process and therefore their dogs end up waiting ever longer to be allowed to start moving. Alpha status comes with the package and with that status comes the appetite to eat.
The best way to start shaping your dogs behavior and ultimately taking over as pack leader is to better understand your breed and how your dog’s ancestors have evolved. Start to see things more clearly and in a historical perspective that will help you better understand your dog’s actions and behavior patterns.
The best way to solve any training or behavior problem is to understand why they are occurring. Try to figure out what part of the process is associated with this unwanted behavior and link it to their ancestors. The ancestor’s behavior allowed the dog to successfully proceed and live in packs.
The descendants of wolves are far more capable of supporting large packs that hunt for their own food because after all, they are the ones that survived. It is genetically tailored to support this.
After looking at the pack from the perspective of the dogs within the pack again, we see clearly that the dogs are not trying to assert themselves as pack leader. Rather, the dogs are just following their instincts to survive, day in and day out. It is easy for us to sit here watching the exercises, looking at our dog’s behavior and say, “blown”. But somehow, all too often, the handlers give up too easily. They give up before the dog has had a chance to really get into it. And within a matter of time, the dog learns that what he was doing, just a few seconds ago, was enough to get him food that very same day.
The same principles that apply to the prey drive for the dogs also apply to the dog drive to be dominant. This is where the similarities between dogs and wolves end. Dogs are color-blind and they don’t see the difference between red and green and red and blue and yellow. The difference is, the dog is put into the pack because he is best for the hunt; and because he is trained to go after it at the direction of the leader. That makes sense, doesn’t it?
seeks refuge in what he does best, not in a den.
believes he is in charge of you…