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5 Surefire Ways to Show Your Dog You're The Boss


You Must Be The Alpha Dog

First, let's take a look at what a "pack mentality" means. Dogs are born into packs - in the wild, packs are the essential social order. Unlike humans, who use a variety of political processes to determine leadership and rank, dogs sort out their social order by dominance and power. In a wolf pack, there is a Top Dog - a clear leader who is the dominant, Alpha male. He's the Big Dog, with pride of place at the dinner table (well, if wolves had a dinner table!), first in mating, first in decision making for the pack.

Whether you realize it or not, your dog views your household as his own personal wolf pack. The pack mentality is so engrained in your dog's psyche that he will either view you as a leader - or a follower - depending on your actions. If you are to have a well-trained dog, you must establish that you are the leader, and he is the follower. Your dog has to know in his heart that you are the Alpha Dog, the Head Honcho, the Big Dog, the Top Dog - call it whatever you want, but your dog needs to know you're in charge.

Dogs are a little like children in one respect - they're looking for someone else to be the leader - they want rules and regulations because that makes their role in the pack more clear-cut and understandable. It's scary being the leader - if you're not up to it, your dog may assume the role - because someone has to be in charge!

If that's what's happened at your house, you need to re-establish your position as the Top Dog, or "Leader of the Pack." But here's an important note: being the leader of the pack has absolutely nothing to do with harsh punishment. It has everything to do with consistency and setting limits.

A simple rule to remember (and one people have great difficulty keeping in mind) is that you are the leader, not your dog.

1. You Go Through The Door First Even something as straightforward as who walks through the door first can reinforce your position as "dominant dog." Leaders lead. Followers follow. If you allow your dog to charge through the door ahead of you, he perceives that as asserting his dominance over you. Put your dog on the leash, and make sure you're the first one through the door.

2. You Eat Before Your Dog Who gets fed first in your house - you or your dog? In a wolf pack, the leader eats first, and when he is done, the rest of the pack can dine. Do you feed your dog first because he pesters you when you're cooking your dinner, and it's simply more convenient to have him quiet and out of the way when you're eating?

Food is a powerful motivator that can be used to clearly demonstrate who is the ruler of the roost at your house. In no way, shape or form am I suggesting that you withhold food from your dog - that's cruel and unusual punishment any way you look at it. What I am suggesting is that you control the timing of the food - you should eat first, your dog second, after you're done with your meal.

3. Don't Walk Around Your Dog

Does your dog lie on the floor and expect you to walk around him? In the wild, dominant dogs lie wherever they want, and dogs lower in the social order go around so they don't disturb the Big Dog. If you walk around your dog, he will assume this to be an act of submission on your part; therefore he must be the leader, not you.

If your dog is lying in the middle of the hallway, or right in front of your easy chair, make him move. If he's on the couch and you want to lie down, make him move. Don't step over him. Just gently nudge him and make him get out of your way. You're the Big Dog, remember?

4. You Determine When Your Dog Gets Attention

Even asking for attention or affection can be seen as an act of dominance from your dog's point of view. Dogs that demand attention are asserting dominance, so if your dog gets pushy, ignore him. When you're ready to give him attention or affection or pet or play with him, ask him to sit first. Don't run after him just so you can pet him. Make him come to you when you're ready to give him attention, or play with him. And when you play with a toy, make sure that you end up with possession of the toy, and then put the toy away when you're done. (Note: I'm not talking about his favorite toys that you leave in his crate. I'm talking about play toys that the two of you use for games.)

5. Don't Let Your Dog Sleep In Your Bed

This is a tough one for a lot of people, but when you let your dog share your bed, at best you're making him an equal to you. He should have his own bed, either a dog pad or his crate that he feels comfortable in - you can even put the dog pad next to your bed if that makes both of you happier - but don't let him take over the sleeping arrangements. Before you know it, he'll be trying to make you sleep on the floor!

Again, reinforcing or retraining your dog to recognize you as the Head Honcho has absolutely nothing to do with harsh discipline. These are changes you can make that will change the way your dog thinks about you. And making even small changes like these can have an enormous impact on the way your dog views the social hierarchy in your home - all without a harsh word being spoken!

Charlie Lafave, author, "Dog Training Secrets!" To transform your stubborn, misbehaving dog into a loyal, well-behaving "best friend" who obeys your every command and is the envy of the neighborhood, visit: http://tinyurl.com/6u2cj


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Give Up Pets to Save the Planet! - National Review
Give Up Pets to Save the Planet!  National Review

Lonely Beijing citizens are helping create a billion-dollar industry around their pampered pets - CNN
Lonely Beijing citizens are helping create a billion-dollar industry around their pampered pets  CNN

Chicagoans may be ready for real winter cold, but are their pets? A guide to keeping animals safe during a pol - Chicago Tribune
Chicagoans may be ready for real winter cold, but are their pets? A guide to keeping animals safe during a pol  Chicago Tribune

She’s a good Juju — meet this sweet girl and other shelter pets - Tampa Bay Times
She’s a good Juju — meet this sweet girl and other shelter pets  Tampa Bay Times

NJ pets in need: Dec. 9, 2019 - NJ.com
NJ pets in need: Dec. 9, 2019  NJ.com

Pets not the best gifts - nbc25news.com
Pets not the best gifts  nbc25news.com

2019 Holiday Guide Gift: Ideas for pets - Atlanta Journal Constitution
2019 Holiday Guide Gift: Ideas for pets  Atlanta Journal Constitution

PetSmart® Shares Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe This Winter - PRNewswire
PetSmart® Shares Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe This Winter  PRNewswire

Burglars spray Norwalk family's pets with insecticide on video - KABC-TV
Burglars spray Norwalk family's pets with insecticide on video  KABC-TV

Adoption fees waived for pets in Alexandria looking to go ‘Home for the Pawlidays’ - WTOP
Adoption fees waived for pets in Alexandria looking to go ‘Home for the Pawlidays’  WTOP

Hundreds Of Pets In North Texas Now Have Families To Spend The Holidays With - CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Hundreds Of Pets In North Texas Now Have Families To Spend The Holidays With  CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Pets take holiday pictures with Santa Claus - KTTC
Pets take holiday pictures with Santa Claus  KTTC

ADVICE ON PETS: DIY pet toy options - newportri.com
ADVICE ON PETS: DIY pet toy options  newportri.com

Keep Your Pets Safe During the Holidays With These OCHD Tips - wobm.com
Keep Your Pets Safe During the Holidays With These OCHD Tips  wobm.com

East Bay pets of the week for Dec. 13 - East Bay Times
East Bay pets of the week for Dec. 13  East Bay Times

Pets of the Week | Community - Index-Journal
Pets of the Week | Community  Index-Journal

Tips with Kelly Brantley on Pets and Christmas - Knoe.com
Tips with Kelly Brantley on Pets and Christmas  Knoe.com

Stark County Pet Food Pantry opens in Canton - Canton Repository
Stark County Pet Food Pantry opens in Canton  Canton Repository

Pet Questions: Keeping jellyfish as pets - WBAL TV Baltimore
Pet Questions: Keeping jellyfish as pets  WBAL TV Baltimore

Residents, pets safe after Saturday morning fire in Streator - MyWebTimes.com
Residents, pets safe after Saturday morning fire in Streator  MyWebTimes.com

Little-known veterinary treatment helps prolong pets’ lives - The Northwest Florida Daily News
Little-known veterinary treatment helps prolong pets’ lives  The Northwest Florida Daily News

Las Vegas dog breeder hoping to use the power of pet therapy for mental health - News3LV
Las Vegas dog breeder hoping to use the power of pet therapy for mental health  News3LV

Local non-profit campaigns for 'Oregon Loves Its Pets' license plates - KATU
Local non-profit campaigns for 'Oregon Loves Its Pets' license plates  KATU

Survey: Almost half of Ohio pet owners spend more on pets than partners for Christmas - WKRC TV Cincinnati
Survey: Almost half of Ohio pet owners spend more on pets than partners for Christmas  WKRC TV Cincinnati

Fire kills 15 pets in DeFuniak Springs, Fla. - WKRG News 5
Fire kills 15 pets in DeFuniak Springs, Fla.  WKRG News 5

EPA is OK with risk of poisoning pets, people with cyanide bombs - Las Vegas Sun
EPA is OK with risk of poisoning pets, people with cyanide bombs  Las Vegas Sun

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Castle - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Castle  KCBD

Guru IoT Launches Pet-sitter Robot PEDDY Integrated with Functions and Ideas - Business Wire
Guru IoT Launches Pet-sitter Robot PEDDY Integrated with Functions and Ideas  Business Wire

This Baton Rouge 'socially conscious' animal shelter increased the number of pets saved - The Advocate
This Baton Rouge 'socially conscious' animal shelter increased the number of pets saved  The Advocate

Chewy Knows How To Win The Love Of Pet Parents. Now We’ll See If It Can Win Wall Street’s - Forbes
Chewy Knows How To Win The Love Of Pet Parents. Now We’ll See If It Can Win Wall Street’s  Forbes

Empty the Shelters: Pittsylvania Pet Center to waive adoption fees this weekend - WSET
Empty the Shelters: Pittsylvania Pet Center to waive adoption fees this weekend  WSET

Emma Thompson foresees people eating pets for 'protein' due to 'climate crisis' - Fox News
Emma Thompson foresees people eating pets for 'protein' due to 'climate crisis'  Fox News

Help Homeless Pets for the Holidays – Dumb Friends League - FOX 31 Denver
Help Homeless Pets for the Holidays – Dumb Friends League  FOX 31 Denver

23 People, Pets Displaced in El Cajon Apartment Building Fire - NBC 7 San Diego
23 People, Pets Displaced in El Cajon Apartment Building Fire  NBC 7 San Diego

Students host 'Presents for Pets' fundraiser - The Sheridan Press
Students host 'Presents for Pets' fundraiser  The Sheridan Press

Holiday fundraiser helps to raise awareness for rabbits as pets - YourErie
Holiday fundraiser helps to raise awareness for rabbits as pets  YourErie

Pets on 2: Berkeley Animal Center – Cooper - WCBD News 2
Pets on 2: Berkeley Animal Center – Cooper  WCBD News 2

Home damaged, two pets rescued in Fryeburg Fire - WGME
Home damaged, two pets rescued in Fryeburg Fire  WGME

Americans spend more than $72 billion on pets—here's how dogs and cats became big business - CNBC
Americans spend more than $72 billion on pets—here's how dogs and cats became big business  CNBC

Holiday season brings reason to adopt pets - wlfi.com
Holiday season brings reason to adopt pets  wlfi.com

Residents safe, pets rescued in Watertown fire - WWNY
Residents safe, pets rescued in Watertown fire  WWNY

Pet owner issues warning after puppy eats toxic mushrooms and dies - WLS-TV
Pet owner issues warning after puppy eats toxic mushrooms and dies  WLS-TV

Charlotte Area Pet Charity Offers Low-Cost Care - Spectrum News
Charlotte Area Pet Charity Offers Low-Cost Care  Spectrum News

Pets in Need Veterinary Clinic to Host Paws for a Cause 2019 at Linden Place - GoLocalProv
Pets in Need Veterinary Clinic to Host Paws for a Cause 2019 at Linden Place  GoLocalProv

Regional pet resource center to open in Bentonville - Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Regional pet resource center to open in Bentonville  Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Help the LASPCA and Bissell Pet Foundation Empty the Shelters at the Holiday Hope Event - My New Orleans
Help the LASPCA and Bissell Pet Foundation Empty the Shelters at the Holiday Hope Event  My New Orleans

Holiday gift guide for pets - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Holiday gift guide for pets  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

Pets of the Week: Obie & Aramis - Daily Bulldog
Pets of the Week: Obie & Aramis  Daily Bulldog

Fido Needs a Treat - Slate
Fido Needs a Treat  Slate

SC allows kangaroos as pets without many rules, but get a permit if you want a gator - Charleston Post Courier
SC allows kangaroos as pets without many rules, but get a permit if you want a gator  Charleston Post Courier

Fire kills 15 pets in DeFuniak Springs - WMBB - mypanhandle.com
Fire kills 15 pets in DeFuniak Springs  WMBB - mypanhandle.com

There’s big business in health supplements — for your pets - The Washington Post
There’s big business in health supplements — for your pets  The Washington Post

Mince pies for pets take the biscuit - The Guardian
Mince pies for pets take the biscuit  The Guardian

Dogs, people, Santa turn out for Paws & Claus Pet Parade - The Morning Journal
Dogs, people, Santa turn out for Paws & Claus Pet Parade  The Morning Journal

Keep Pets From Destroying Your Stuff - The New York Times
Keep Pets From Destroying Your Stuff  The New York Times

Pets with Potential: Meet Bert and Momo - WCAX
Pets with Potential: Meet Bert and Momo  WCAX

Pets of Harvard, 2019 - Harvard Crimson
Pets of Harvard, 2019  Harvard Crimson

Research before giving a pet as a holiday gift - WAOW
Research before giving a pet as a holiday gift  WAOW

Meet Nayuri, FOX8’s Pet of the Week - WGHP FOX 8 Greensboro
Meet Nayuri, FOX8’s Pet of the Week  WGHP FOX 8 Greensboro

Pet of the Week – Benny - Oswego Daily News
Pet of the Week – Benny  Oswego Daily News

Freeze-Dried Pets Are Forever - Slate
Freeze-Dried Pets Are Forever  Slate

Okanogan County's First Pet Crematory Opens Its Doors - NewsRadio 560 KPQ - KPQ
Okanogan County's First Pet Crematory Opens Its Doors - NewsRadio 560 KPQ  KPQ

3 reasons why being around pets can make you happier and healthier - Inverse
3 reasons why being around pets can make you happier and healthier  Inverse

This decade taught us to love viral pets. Now we have to grieve their deaths. - The Washington Post
This decade taught us to love viral pets. Now we have to grieve their deaths.  The Washington Post

The wacky, big-money world of pet influencers - Yahoo News
The wacky, big-money world of pet influencers  Yahoo News

CBS3 Pet Project: PSPCA Asking For Help Fulfilling Needs During Season Of Giving - CBS Pittsburgh
CBS3 Pet Project: PSPCA Asking For Help Fulfilling Needs During Season Of Giving  CBS Pittsburgh

Best Ways To Protect Your Pet On The Road - Forbes
Best Ways To Protect Your Pet On The Road  Forbes

Pets: Give back to local animals this holiday season - Alexandria Times
Pets: Give back to local animals this holiday season  Alexandria Times

China Spends $29 Billion on Pampering Pets as Birthrate Slows - Bloomberg
China Spends $29 Billion on Pampering Pets as Birthrate Slows  Bloomberg

Sophie Turner and More Celebs Who Grew Attached to Their Pets on Set - Us Weekly
Sophie Turner and More Celebs Who Grew Attached to Their Pets on Set  Us Weekly

Ask yourself these questions before flying with your dog or cat - USA TODAY
Ask yourself these questions before flying with your dog or cat  USA TODAY

Family Thought Their Home Was Robbed — Until Finding Bite Marks Courtesy of ‘Mischievous’ Dog - PEOPLE.com
Family Thought Their Home Was Robbed — Until Finding Bite Marks Courtesy of ‘Mischievous’ Dog  PEOPLE.com

More Spots Available for Pet Portraits at Biggest Little Dog Park - KTVN
More Spots Available for Pet Portraits at Biggest Little Dog Park  KTVN

Pet Supplies Plus plots expansion as it passes $1 billion sales mark - Crain's Detroit Business
Pet Supplies Plus plots expansion as it passes $1 billion sales mark  Crain's Detroit Business

SPCA asks for help with overflow of pets at shelter | News, Sports, Jobs - Lock Haven Express
SPCA asks for help with overflow of pets at shelter | News, Sports, Jobs  Lock Haven Express

Police: Woman facing charges after pet rat purchase leads to false statement in Westmoreland County - WTAE Pittsburgh
Police: Woman facing charges after pet rat purchase leads to false statement in Westmoreland County  WTAE Pittsburgh

Pets and renter’s insurance: Why you need it - Bankrate.com
Pets and renter’s insurance: Why you need it  Bankrate.com

SPCA Cookie Sale and Pet Pics with Santa - Wellsville Daily Reporter
SPCA Cookie Sale and Pet Pics with Santa  Wellsville Daily Reporter

Savannah family loses home, 3 pets in overnight fire on Speir Street - WTOC
Savannah family loses home, 3 pets in overnight fire on Speir Street  WTOC

That wind chill is a big threat to your pet - WOWT
That wind chill is a big threat to your pet  WOWT

MetLife Expands Into Fast-Growing Sector: Pet Insurance - The Wall Street Journal
MetLife Expands Into Fast-Growing Sector: Pet Insurance  The Wall Street Journal

Pets in Need of Homes: Fitzgerald (Brought to You by A Furry Tail Come True) - Saucon Source
Pets in Need of Homes: Fitzgerald (Brought to You by A Furry Tail Come True)  Saucon Source

Pets Go Missing As Hungry Coyotes Prowl In San Jose Neighborhood - CBS San Francisco
Pets Go Missing As Hungry Coyotes Prowl In San Jose Neighborhood  CBS San Francisco

Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift and More Celebs Who Welcomed New Pets in 2019 - Us Weekly
Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift and More Celebs Who Welcomed New Pets in 2019  Us Weekly

Fire crews have new tools to help save pets - KEPR 19
Fire crews have new tools to help save pets  KEPR 19

'They're like children': How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather - USA TODAY
'They're like children': How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather  USA TODAY

All the viral pets are dead - Mic
All the viral pets are dead  Mic

Lakeview's Luxurious Dog Park Plan Thrills Pet Owners, But Older Neighbors Say No Way - Block Club Chicago
Lakeview's Luxurious Dog Park Plan Thrills Pet Owners, But Older Neighbors Say No Way  Block Club Chicago

Study: 32% of Kentucky pet parents will spend more on pets than partners this Christmas - Courier Journal
Study: 32% of Kentucky pet parents will spend more on pets than partners this Christmas  Courier Journal

Police warn of increase in stolen-to-order pets for sale during festive season - Daily Mail
Police warn of increase in stolen-to-order pets for sale during festive season  Daily Mail

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter holds pet photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus - The Abington Journal
Griffin Pond Animal Shelter holds pet photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus  The Abington Journal

Patient Pet Owner Gets Her 17 Cats and Dogs to Pose for Photo Together: 'I Was So Thrilled' - PEOPLE.com
Patient Pet Owner Gets Her 17 Cats and Dogs to Pose for Photo Together: 'I Was So Thrilled'  PEOPLE.com

Pet photos with Santa at Bay Park Square Mall - WeAreGreenBay.com
Pet photos with Santa at Bay Park Square Mall  WeAreGreenBay.com

News Essential oil diffusers might be toxic to your pet, local vet warns Alexandra Koehn 3 - NewsChannel5.com
News Essential oil diffusers might be toxic to your pet, local vet warns Alexandra Koehn 3  NewsChannel5.com

Santa claws: UK supermarkets sell festive snacks for pets - The Guardian
Santa claws: UK supermarkets sell festive snacks for pets  The Guardian

Area shelters seeing fewer pets dropped off after holidays - KCRG
Area shelters seeing fewer pets dropped off after holidays  KCRG

Florida lawmaker proposes to keep pets out of restaurants, other businesses - Tallahassee Democrat
Florida lawmaker proposes to keep pets out of restaurants, other businesses  Tallahassee Democrat

Holiday pet expo to take place in Chandler over the weekend - KTAR.com
Holiday pet expo to take place in Chandler over the weekend  KTAR.com

Keeping pets warm during cold weather - KOLO
Keeping pets warm during cold weather  KOLO

'Loyal beyond measure': How pets helped Know Your Value readers through hard times - NBC News
'Loyal beyond measure': How pets helped Know Your Value readers through hard times  NBC News

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