Of all the questions that people ask “how to become the pack leader” is the big one! This is by far the most important question how to convince your dog that you are the person in charge. Think of the pack leader as the decision maker – where you should go on the walk, how to behave in different situations and how to respond to all the strange things that are out there.
When you understand how dog packs work, you soon realize the importance in that the pack leader makes all the decisions. If you leave it up to your Catahoula dog then there is a big chance that your dog is going to get something very wrong and make a mistake!
In order to understand how to become the pack leader you must first recognize that the following means nothing to a dog….
What car you drive, the size of your house, the money you earn or the fact that you speak languages! Your catahoula would happily swap all of that for a nice snack!
Asking your dog to sit before her dinner falls a long way short of what you need to be achieving to become the pack leader and walking through doorways is only necessary when your dog is on the lead.
Lastly – dominating your dog is certainly not the way to become the pack leader in fact this can back fire badly on you later on if you teach your dog that physical strength is what it is all about. While you may force your Catahoula dog into submission it will not be convincing your dogs mind that you are worthy of the position and that you become the pack leader by way of bullying.
So how do you become the pack leader? All dogs worldwide, regardless of breed use the same ways to check to establish the pack leader. The best way to learn about how to put it into practice is to watch it being done on video as I have done through one of the video based web sites.
The important areas to take control in are the following:
The pack leader will be in total calm control when your dog barks and alerts you to danger. This includes anything that your dog may perceive as dangerous and barks at in and around the property
On the walk your dog should not pull you at a single stage, even the beginning! Learning to walk your dog properly can only really be learned through video as I have found out!
If you are the pack leader, then your dog should be able to relax and switch off completely inside the house. If your Louisiana Catahoula dog is always switched on most of the time and can’t relax then that is your dog on pack leader duty!
Getting your dog to switch off is directly connected to how you meet and greet your dog after your return home. You need to watch it on video it is so subtle but it is the difference between being the pack leader or the follower.
Lastly, feeding your dog correctly will establish who is the pack leader and there is much more to it than asking your dog to sit! Also if you have a dog that is “not food motivated” then you may be in for a surprise!
There is one site that shows you – using video – exactly how to become the pack leader and how crucial it is to changing any behavioral issue.
If you want to understand more about this topic or see the videos that explain everything then simply take a look at The Online Dog Trainer here