Dogs are animals, not human beings. They are pack animals by nature. Every pack has a leader, known as the alpha animal, which leads the other members of the pack. The alpha is the one who makes decisions for the entire pack. Usually the pack will have an alpha male and an alpha female. All the other members of the pack form a hierarchy of dominance and submission where everyone has a place.
Dogs have a well-developed social system. This system establishes orderly relations among the members. In order for a group of animals to function efficiently the system must have an order and a process of communication which helps to promote that order.
In your home, you and your family become your dog's pack from the time you bring him home, as do any other dogs you may have. It is your responsibility to establish yourself in the alpha position. If you fail to do this, your dog will do it as a natural behaviour.
Many people assume that they are automatically in charge just because humans are sopposed to be superior to animals. Being the pack leader does not mean you have to be aggressive Anyone can be the pack leader. It is an attitude an air of authority. It is the basis for mutual respect, and provides the building blocks of communication between the two of you.
To do this the dog/ pup needs boundaries so they know right from wrong and what is expected and what is not .They need consistency and everyone in the family singing off the same hymn sheet or it will not work,
Consistency Consistency Consistency.
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