Leader of the Pack


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Leader of the Pack

How do you show your adolescent puppy that you are the leader of the pack?
Dogs are pack animals. It's important that your puppy recognizes his role in the pack - and your role as "leader of the pack". During adolescence some puppies may act like they have forgotten that you are the pack leader. How do you remind your good puppy, who may be acting badly, that you are the "alpha dog"? The following article will give you tips on how to show your leadership - and how this makes for a happier and well-adjusted puppy.

How does the leader of the pack act?
As the leader of the pack, you never raise your voice in anger. Screaming at your puppy communicates to him that you are out of control, and doesn't instill confidence in your role as a leader. The same goes with the use of physical force.

You must be consistent with your puppy. This isn't always easy. Sometimes you might not be in the mood to discipline your puppy. Maybe your puppy has just ripped a cushion open, and the sight of him in the middle of your living room floor covered with feathers is so cute that you laugh – and then reach for your camera. Tempting as this might be, it's a good idea not to accept any behavior from your puppy that you wouldn't want to see again, now or when he's an adult dog. Many puppy-owners have trouble with this. They don't want to come off as heavy-handed, and they don't want to curb their puppy's natural behavior. It's important to remember that what may be cute in your puppy now may not be so cute when he is 3 times bigger.

Don't neglect to correct your puppy's behavior when necessary. Correct his behavior by saying "no!" in a clear voice and withhold your attention for a short time. Your puppy needs to know that he can trust your direction. If you wait to correct his behavior he won't associate the correction with his bad behavior, and may be confused by the mixed messages he is getting. The same goes for praising your puppy when his behavior is good.

Remember that each puppy is different. Some will be submissive while others may challenge their role in the pack, especially during adolescence. Regardless of what kind of puppy you have, it's necessary for your puppy to understand his role, and your role.

A few more tips to show your puppy that you are the "alpha dog"
Train your puppy to sit while you are eating, instead of begging for table scraps. Feed your puppy after you have eaten. This shows him that you come first and he is submissive to you.

 Don't make excuses for your puppy when he ignores a command. And never give a command you are not prepared to enforce. Spend time with your puppy. This is the best way to understand him, and being the leader of the pack is not a substitute for creating an affectionate bond with your puppy.

 Remember, being the leader of the pack is not a bad role. It doesn't mean that you are constantly correcting your puppy. It means that you are setting clearly defined rules for your puppy, and this helps him become a well-adjusted dog and pleasant companion.

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