Of all the things that’s going to help you to stop any unwanted behavior and develop the relationship with your dog that you have always dreamed of is understanding how to become the pack leader. Tis is the fundamental principle of Doggy Dan's dog training method, and must be in place to experience the full impact of my everyday tools and techniques.
Dogs are pack animals, so they understand that there are leaders and followers in their pack, which includes you. Knowing how to communicate to your dog the clear message that you are the pack leader and you make all the decisions is not difficult however it is something that is not widely taught.
Without this basic foundation in place you could spend the rest of your life trying to train your dog, reading books, going to different dog trainers and wondering what is going wrong. You may even think that your dog is stupid or deliberately trying to annoy you. When all along in your dogs mind you were simply not the pack leader and so they did not see why they should listen to you. Tus any training was really a waste of time.
Now before we get started it is really important that I emphasize that when I talk about being the pack leader I am talking about a loving leader, more like a parent to a child than a mean boss! Using my method there is absolutely no place for shouting, hitting, kicking your dog or causing any fear or pain.
In fact this method is so gentle and amazing that it is fully endorsed and used by the SPCA of New Zealand, so you can rest assured that everyone in the family is going to be happy to implement it.
So how does it actually work?
Well it’s all about thinking like a dog rather than a human – in a way it is sort of dog psychology. Let me give you a quick example of what I am talking about and show you a quick glimpse through the eyes of a dog rather than our own.
One of the most common misconceptions is that an old bone (or any edible chew for that matter) lying around in the house or the garden has no meaning for your dog. It’s just a treat that you, the loving owner, have given to your dog and they don’t want it...
Now your dog may not have touched it in months, or they may have buried it in the garden or down the back of the couch, and to us it is rubbish, worthless and irrelevant. In our human minds it has no bearing at all on the dog behavioral issues that we are experiencing and so desperate to fix.
Yet to your dog this bone is their PROOF that they are the pack leader. In their minds, since they control the food, which is one of, if not the most important resource in their world, they must be the leader!
So in a nutshell, as long as that bone is lying around under their control, nothing that you do can convince them that you are their master. To them that bone is like the King’s crown, the treasure chest and the golden goose all rolled into one.
Very often people are actually told by trainers who do not know any better to leave bones and food toys lying around to try to keep your dog content when they are left alone. Now you will understand that whilst this all sounds very good in theory, if you think like a human, the truth of the matter is that to a dog this will cause you a lot more issues in the long run. You could in fact be setting yourself up for a lot of trouble.
Its amazing really that such a simple thing as leaving bones around for the dog can lead to such huge issues because they think they are the pack leader. And remember that this is just one tiny little example of the way your dog views things.
The good news is that is so easy to rectify – simply pick up the bones when your dog has finished eating them! Easy.
So hopefully that gives you a good idea of what Doggy Dan means when he says that to help a dog you have to think like a dog, and stop expecting them to think like humans.
Doggy Dan has developed 5 Golden Rules to Becoming the Pack Leader which, when applied consistently, will remove as much as 95% of the problems you’re experiencing with your dog. If you’d like to learn more about them, please visit Dan's site, The Online DogTrainer, which shows you exactly how to become the pack leader without any fear or aggression.