Pack Leadership Do’s and Don’ts
Want to be the leader of your pack?
Follow these simple rules.
- Eat before you feed your dog.
- Restrict access to your bedrooms and furniture.
- Take the shortest route to your destination and make your dog move out of the way.
- Proceed first through narrow passages.
- Run the opposite direction if your dog “takes off” on a walk.
- Take your dog’s “kills” (stolen articles or food) away.
- Call your dog to you to give affection.
- Ignore or discourage pawing, nudging, and whining.
- Ignore your dog first thing in the morning, when you get home, or when you come in.
- Restrict your dog’s movements with the “long down” exercise.
- Initiate games with your dog, make sure you win them and end up with possession of the toy.
- Reward your dog for completing an exercise well.
- Feed your dog first.
- Let your dog sleep in or on your bed.
- Let your dog restrict your access to anything in the house or take up residence in a doorway.
- Let your dog bound out ahead of you.
- Chase your dog yelling “Come!”
- Allow your dog to keep or play with the “kill.”
- Go over to your dog to give affection.
- Give attention when your dog demands it.
- Make a large fuss over your dog whenever he demands that you do so.
- Give more than one command, or give up.
- Play games, especially tug of war, if you can’t win, or give the toy to your dog after the game is over.
- Give any command if you are not prepared to enforce it.
From: Cranbourne Dog Training School
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