Become The Pack Leader

Doggy Dan with two dogsOf 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.

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When you understand how dog packs work you soon realize the importance, that the pack leader makes all the decisions. If you leave it up to your dog then there a big chance that your dog is going to get something’s 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 dog 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. Whilst you may force your dog into submission it will not be convincing your dogs mind that you are worthy of the position and that you should become the pack leader only that you are a bit of a bully.

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 learnt 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 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…..Click Here

11 thoughts on “Become The Pack Leader”

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    1. Hello Ali,
      I am so pleased that you found the information on being the Pack leader so useful, wishing you many years of fun and happiness with your pet.
      Best Regards,

    2. Hi Ali,
      So pleased that you were able to gain some useful answers to your questions, thank you for your positive comment.

      To your continued success,


  2. Very interesting article. We have bit of a situation at home with our Stabij hound, a rare hunting dog breed.
    I have definitely always been the pack leader for my dog, but this is not the case with the rest of the family. My husband get’s along with our dog, but he is constantly trying to dominate my teenage son and challenge him when I’m not around. He seems to consider our teenage daughter as his mate, listens to her and follows her around, but shows extreme jealousy, especially towards her boyfriend.

    1. Hi and thank you for your comment,
      Get your family involved in training your dog. With that, even if they won’t take parts during the training sessions, you should let them become more familiar of the commands that you use. Aside from using the same commands, all the members of the household should also handle and train the dog the same way, so as to practice consistency. The dog should know that it is at the bottom of the pack.
      Please have a look through the site there are lots of tips on Training that may help you resolve the problem.
      best Regards,

  3. I can definitely relate to this post. The last time I took my brother’s dog for a walk, it was like trying to control a wild horse or something. This was great to learn that there are way to control your dog without being to overbearing. It will certainly help me out next time when I’m asked to control the wild thing again!

    1. Hi Kyle,
      So pleased you found the post useful, have fun walking your brothers dog, and not being pulled along behind him.

      Best regards,

  4. This is a very interesting concept that I have been studying quite a lot! I read this book about a homeless boy who lived with stray dogs for a year. He became angry and bitter because he found out that dogs don’t jump up on you and lick you because they love you, they do that because they want to be the dominant one. The pack leader. He went on to become a well known professional dog trainer!
    At first, it made me really sad and disappointed too, but I’ve since learned how to master it and you do start to accept it. Although I admit I still love having my dog lick my face every once in a while!!!

    1. Hi Emma,
      Very interesting comment about dogs wanting to be the pack leader, which is of course what they want initially, but soon learn with the correct training to be much happier as a follower. Thank you for your comment.
      Best regards,

  5. We have a year old yellow lab. He is super smart and loving, but we can not get him to go on walks without pulling us the whole way. We have tried different harnesses, and clickers and methods but nothing is working for us. I have read online how to train him to walk beside me but it isn’t working. I feel like what you wrote about being the pack leader might be the problem here. Is it? And if so, what do I do about it?

    1. Hi Elisa,
      It would seem that your yellow lab is indeed the pack leader in your family. The good news is that this can be fixed with a little patience and team work from all at home. Have a look at my website in the widgets right hand side there is a video “Stop your dog pulling” watch and learn how Dan changes this behaviour very quickly, so long as everyone at home follows through with the training, yellow lab will soon be a changed doggy.

      Best regards,

      PS let me know how it goes,

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