All owners believe they are the leader and the dog their follower. In most cases that is simply not the case.
Signs you are not the pack leader:
- You arrive home and your dogs hops, jumps and bring you toys upon your arrival.
- Your dog just comes over and flop on you without been invited.
- At the park your dog frequently ingores your calls to return.
- When walking your dog rarely looks at you.
All these little behavioural signs means your dog is the Alpha leader and you are the follower. That's not good news. It's means your dog is not looking to you for guidance or undestanding of a situation or how to react.
To get the ball rolling here's a tip.
When you return home ignore your dog for the first five mintues of your arrivel. No words, no speaking, no looking at them and no eye contact. Come into the house and busy yourself with sorting the mail, getting a drink or changing clothes.
Some dogs will react straight away and try some domination tactic's like barking or humping your leg. Just turn your back and go about your life. Repeat this every time you reunit with your dogs even if you just step out of the house for a few minutes.
Remeber when you go your dog has no idea when you will return. They take on the leader of the pack role. You must show your dog you are the leader!
Once you've done this for a while you will notice the jumping at you will stop, the barking at you on your arrival will stop and you will become the one asking the dog to join you on a sofa or at your feet.
Leaders ask their fellowers to join, never the other way around.