A pack leader tended to be dominant and domineering. Accordingly, dogs were trained and brought up with a hard hand and a loud voice. Today you know that dogs recognize a good pack leader by completely different criteria.
A pack leader has it all – do you?
Anyone who can affirm this will not want to subordinate and control their dog with dominance, punishment or oppression. He will patiently guide his dog through his new environment from day one. Calm, relaxed and full of empathy, a good pack leader shows the new dog what life is all about. Yes, he shows it to him instead of ‘ordering’ him to do it. He simply demonstrates it so that the young dog can really understand and imitate it. The pack leader makes the decisions for the group. He always remains focused on the situation and on his own actions.
A good pack leader will not let the pup run around uncontrolled
A dog is meticulous about keeping him close and protecting him from other creatures. To be on the safe side, he even checks other conspecifics himself before allowing the little one to interact with them. In the herd, young animals or weak animals run in the middle, in the protection of the herd, not in front. But hatchlings instinctively don’t stray far from the pack. They know that without the adults they would be lost. Yes, the pack leader is cautious and ready for emergencies. And it is precisely this feeling of belonging and being protected that allows the young dog to calm down and fall asleep contentedly every night.
How to be a good leader?
Offer security, stay calm, and create clarity
Pay attention to yourself and the environment, not your dog. Look ahead as you walk, don’t stop because your dog wants to sniff. See dangers before your dog sees them.
Be confident and experienced
Have ideas for your joint activities, act in a goal-oriented and self-confident manner, act with foresight, find positive solutions for your dog, become his role model. Be clear and set structures.
Keep calm and patient
No matter what happens, keep calm. Always keep a clear head and make decisions that are good for your dog, never think about your own comfort.
Show your dog the human world and make life with humans as species-appropriate as possible. Then you are the best pack leader he could ask for. Dogaspet is the best dog blog site where you can find articles on how to train your dogs.