How to Establish Yourself as the Pack Leader

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How to Establish Yourself as the Pack Leader
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Who calls the shots in your house- is it you or your pet? Whether you are a new pet parent or one with a dominating pet, here are some tips that you can use to station yourself as the pack leader.

Understanding puppy pack leader psychology

You should establish yourself as the pack leader right from day one, when you bring your

puppy

home. Do not wait until your puppy is older or has settled in to start the training, for you will be giving out mixed signals to your pet. Most puppies have their interactions limited to just the other litter members and the mother before being adopted. The mother dog lays down rules for pups right from when they are young. From setting boundaries on how far they can wander off to making them wait for their food, puppies find it easy to understand these rules imposed by their pack leader.If you do not position yourself as the pack leader, then your newly adopted puppy might take up the role herself or interact with you as she did with her litter members. Yes, that means she will bite and chase you just as she did with the other puppies in the litter. This is where you should draw the line, and teach your pet that such behavior is not allowed. The intensity, actions and words that you use while training your pet can make a lot of difference; too harsh and your pet will grow up to be shy and timid, too subtle and your pet will take up a dominating stance.

Crates, toys and treats

If you have nervous or unsure energy, then your dog will not look up to you as a pack leader. You want to maintain a calm and collected approach when you train your pet. Do not lose your temper if your pet does not follow your commands. Instead use a calm and assertive tone while giving out commands to your puppy. This could be any situation. Say you are setting a time limit on your pup's playtime, then you want him to drop the toy when you give out a command for the same. You could even use treats to train your pet. For instance, you could get your pet to drop the toy every time you say “Stop”, and give him a treat in return.You may also want to look at getting a

crate

while house-training your pet. This should help set boundaries when you have a newly adopted pup running around wildly in the house. Your puppy may not take it to the crate right away, but you should not go running back to him every time he starts to howl or bark. Instead, leave a few treats or a toy in the crate, so he learns to calm down, and picks up the manners and rules set down by his pack leader.

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