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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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Don’t feed pets these Thanksgiving foods  WWBT NBC12 News

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

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Shelter Tails: Senior pets need love too  Times Herald-Record

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Pets of The Week Shelter List  Times Herald-Record

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Facial recognition software to help find lost pets  WCTI12.com

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Innovet Pet Releases Thanksgiving Food Guide For Keeping Pets Safe During The Holiday  PRNewswire

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6 Thanksgiving foods you should keep away from your pets  WYMT News

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Pets of the Week for Nov. 21  Chico Enterprise-Record

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Thanksgiving table staples that could be toxic to your pets  Cleveland 19 News

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Turkey Day trauma: Keeping Thanksgiving safe for your pets  Rutland Herald

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Petition Seeks Medical Marijuana for Ailing Household Pets  U.S. News & World Report

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Kent County Animal Shelter waiving fees on adoptable pets  WZZM13.com

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Local organization helps ensure pets aren't euthanized if owner can't afford emergency medical care  WKBW-TV

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Keep human food away from pets  WJFW-TV

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Holiday travel tips for pets  KFOX El Paso

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Pet events: Holiday events coming up for pets and people  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Le Mars student donates pet oxygen masks to help save pets  KCAU 9

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PCAS using new facial recognition software to find lost pets  WNCT

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Local 10 investigates new technology to save kids, pets left in hot cars  WPLG Local 10

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Pets of the Week: Mikey and Darla  Homer News

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Local vet recommends CBD products to lower anxiety in pets when traveling  WPEC

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Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Nov. 20, 2019  OregonLive

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To Your Health: Thankful for the Health Benefits of Pets  KRCU

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Pets Global Launches New Pet Food Line to Meet Customer Demand  PRNewswire

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Indianapolis Animal Care: Call before surrendering pets  WISHTV.com

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Adoptable Pets Of The Week: Taz, Popice, Stumps, Bubba, Bruno  Rockville, MD Patch

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Frozen cat food recalled over salmonella risk posed to pets and owners  USA TODAY

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Animal Doctor: Ingredients in collars may play a role in pets developing cancer  Tulsa World

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Pets on the Plaza: Meet Ozzy - 47abc  WMDT

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Meeting held on prevention tactics after pets attacked by coyotes in College Park  WESH 2 Orlando

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Residents, pets escape Coventry house fire  WPRI.com

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The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets Out Today for PS VR  PlayStation.Blog

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Healthcare for Homeless Animals pays for medical care for shelter pets  Thousand Oaks Acorn

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Cold weather safety tips for your pets  Local 22/44 News

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KPD Animal Control accepting pet supply donations  WVLT.TV

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The pet industry's shift towards technology  Axios

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Adoptable pets of the week at Animal Harbor in Nov. 21, 2019, edition  Winchester Herald Chronicle

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Routt County adoptable pets: Bandit the cat and Maple the dog  Steamboat Pilot & Today

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Pet owners should be aware of traps and snares in Idaho  Idaho News

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Marion County Pets: Colin, Flip and RJ  WCJB

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Freeze-Dried Pets Are Forever  Slate

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Three People, Two Pets Escape Coventry House Fire  Coventry, RI Patch

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Cute kittens and dogs available for adoption in Yolo County | Pets of the Week  Woodland Daily Democrat

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Broome County Humane Society reminding pet owners of importance of spaying and neutering  WBNG-TV

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Adoption center has senior pets looking for a home  KOB

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Pups in tuxes and paw-dicures at pet-friendly Fur Ball to support PAWS Chicago  Chicago Tribune

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Pet of the Week - Lamda  News8000.com - WKBT

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Pets Miracle Network one of 86 grant recipients  Dodge City Daily Globe

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Gov. Ivey awards $95K grant to provide shelter for pets belonging to victims of domestic violence  WSFA

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

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Local Carpet Cleaning Company Helps Out Our Homeless Pets in Columbus  WLTZ 38 NBC

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PET SENSE: Spaying, neutering and vaccination donated to 75 pets on shoreline  Shoreline Times

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Pet Health: Caring for your Pet’s Health  WFLA

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Edgewater's Pet Mayor, Pax The Goat, Leads Effort To Raise Funds For Local Dog Park  Block Club Chicago

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Pet of the Month  Thousand Oaks Acorn

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Hotel Owners Challenge Ocean City's Pet Policy - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -  WBOC TV 16

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Rabies confirmed in pet cat, Michigan county health officials say  MLive.com

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Several pets dead, home damaged in Longview fire  KLTV

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Cat food sold nationwide recalled over risks to pets and humans  WTVR CBS 6 News

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Can my pet eat this? Holiday food tips for your pets  KRON4

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Pet Startup Pawp Wants To Take A Bite Out Of Chewy  Forbes

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Take a Santa photo with your pet  FOX 31 Denver

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Winter prep: Make ice melt that is environmentally, pet friendly  KSHB

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Pet store thief throws guinea pig out of fleeing car, but 'Lucky' suffered no injuries  Fox News

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Family says 4-pound dog squashed by FedEx box; pet is euthanized  Los Angeles Times

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Pet of the Week: Hayden  Lewiston Sun Journal

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Here's proof pets have unconditional love for their humans  WLWT Cincinnati

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Old dogs, new tricks: 10,000 pets needed for science  NBCNews.com

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Where do your pets fit in with your holiday plans?  WTOP

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NJ pets in need: Nov. 18, 2019  NJ.com

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18 Bookish Gifts for Animal Lovers (and Pets!)  Book Riot

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3 pets rescued, Wake Forest family loses home to fire  CBS17.com

Dubuque Fire Department receives donation of pet oxygen masks - KCRG
Dubuque Fire Department receives donation of pet oxygen masks  KCRG

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Pets Get An Oppawtunity To Explore David Lawrence Center  CBS Pittsburgh

Ohio State program helps pet owners cope during grief process - The Ohio State University News
Ohio State program helps pet owners cope during grief process  The Ohio State University News

Wet Nose Wednesday Pet: Max - RADIO.COM
Wet Nose Wednesday Pet: Max  RADIO.COM

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Fayetteville Animal Services Hosting ‘Home For The Howlidays’ Pet Adoption & Toy Drive  KFSM 5Newsonline

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Nicholas Pet Haven in need of holiday fosters  KETK | FOX51 | EastTexasMatters.com

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Low-cost pet adoption events coming to Solano  Fairfield Daily Republic

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Free preventative care clinic for pets for low-income, homeless pet owners happening Monday  KSAT San Antonio

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KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Smith  KCBD

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Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (11/19/2019)  ABC15 Arizona

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Pets of the Week  Clarksville Now

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The Adoptables: Pets of the week (11/20/19) | Gallery  Fredericksburg.com

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Puppies rescued from South Florida pet shop  WPTV.com

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Pet Parents: This Is Your Holiday-Travel Essential  Refinery29

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Cat food sold nationwide is recalled over Salmonella risk to pets, humans  KATU

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Toledo shelter fielding numerous calls about pets left in the cold  13abc Action News

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Are you feeling stressed? Pet your pet  Nevada Appeal

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Lost And Found Pets Of Will County: Week of Nov. 18  Mokena, IL Patch

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Casper Alums Are Launching a ‘Direct-to-Dog’ Pet Food Subscription Service  Observer

Pets and people run to support SPCA of Wake County - WRAL.com
Pets and people run to support SPCA of Wake County  WRAL.com

Protecting your pets from the cold - WITN
Protecting your pets from the cold  WITN

The best pet and animal related gifts of 2019 - Los Angeles Times
The best pet and animal related gifts of 2019  Los Angeles Times

Bideawee Hosts Holiday Pet Photo Shoot with Santa - Patch.com
Bideawee Hosts Holiday Pet Photo Shoot with Santa  Patch.com

Former Casper execs launch DTC pet wellness company Jinx - Digiday
Former Casper execs launch DTC pet wellness company Jinx  Digiday

Nashville Is Going to the Dogs in a Good Way — And Your City Can Too! - PEOPLE.com
Nashville Is Going to the Dogs in a Good Way — And Your City Can Too!  PEOPLE.com

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Hurricane Katrina inspired a national pet evacuation policy. The plan could save human lives, too.  Vox.com

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Pet Talk | A new treatment for broken bones  Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

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'Bring your pets inside.' MACC on protecting your pets in the cold  NewsChannel5.com

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