How to Become the Pack Leader of Your Dog: What Does It Take to Lead a Pack?
From the moment the puppies are born, their mothers begin training them. She makes them wait for food, and she decides when and how far they travel. When it comes to dog training, adult dogs require the same rules, boundaries, and limitations from you, their pack leader.
Calm and confident.
You should not project emotional or nervous energy like a pack leader does. The pack leader in the wild uses calm-aggressive energy to influence how the dog interacts with his surroundings. She enforces these laws quietly, much like a mother picking up her puppy by the scruff of the neck if he wanders outside the den.
The importance of territory ownership cannot be overstated. In the wild, dogs claim territory by asserting themselves calmly and confidently, then communicating their ownership through clear body language signals and eye contact. When it comes to dog training, a dog who understands that you, as the pack leader, own the space in which he lives will respect your asserted authority.
Pack leaders can also assert their dominance by waiting. Adult dogs and puppies both wait until the pack leader instructs them to travel before eating. Waiting is a form of psychological work for dogs. Domestication eliminates the need for dogs to hunt for food, but it does not eliminate their ability to work for it.
The pack’s leader
Ask your dog to work to establish your position as pack leader. Take him for a walk before you feed him. Don’t give food until your dog is calm and submissive, just as you wouldn’t give affection until your dog is calm and submissive. Especially if the dog has a lot of energy, exercise will help it get to this state.
Understand your pack.
Knowing your pack is the true test of leadership. I’m curious about my pack and what it contains. This is how equilibrium is achieved. Then putting together a dog training plan, setting an intention, and following through is what gives your relationship, bond, and depth even more strength. To me, that shows respect for both your dog’s and your own needs.
This is what sets the true pack leader apart from the others. They are truthful. They are genuine. They agree. They’ve communicated. They’ve arrived. They are courteous. They are in harmony. They also know their pack.
In all of these ways, the pack leader in the wild sets rules, limits, and boundaries for her pack, which is good for the mental health of her dogs.