YNP #040: How to Be Your Dog’s Pack Leader


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By Debbie Cilento: Dog Trainer | Dog Behavior Consultant | Owner of Playtime Paws | Belly Rub Specialist. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

You need to be your dog’s pack leader. This much is clear. However, when I talk about leadership it doesn’t have anything to do with “alpha” or “dominance”. I believe those words are overused and greatly misunderstood. But mostly, I believe that it leads us to the wrong type of relationship with our dog.

Make no mistake you need to be your dog’s pack leader, but I want you to think about more like a parent or teacher. You make the rules, you decide how you want your dog to act and then it's up to us to guide and teach them how to be the dog we want them to be. It’s a balance of respect, patience, and trust.

There are three parts to being a good pack leader to your dog that builds this type of relationship. We need to:

  • Lead by example
  • Lead with consistency
  • Lead with patience

In this episode, I will talk about each one, what they mean, and how they fit into the bigger picture.


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