Five Pack Leadership Techniques

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Top 5 Dog Walking Problems Solved!

The daily walk is an important part of responsible pack leadership — but for many, it’s also the most stressful. Mastering the walk will not only make this part of your daily routine enjoyable, but also go a long way towards addressing other problem behaviors as well, because it can help your dog to see you as the Pack Leader. Here are some solutions for dealing with dog walking problems. Pulling on the walk This is one of the most common problems faced by Pack Leaders. Some dogs don’t want to walk; they want to run! So let them. Go

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Dog Psychology

Mastery

Mastery is very important when it comes to having balanced packs, particularly mastering the walk and mastering leadership. But what does “mastery” mean? Basically, it means command or grasp of a subject, or the state of being in control. Note, though, that mastery does not mean “being the best.” There are many people with a mastery of chess who could not beat the world champions no matter how hard they tried, although they still know enough about what they’re doing that they could beat a dozen amateurs at the same time. Mastering the walk and leadership just mean that you

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Be Aware of Your Energy

A Powerful Paradox

In the years that I’ve been working with dogs, I’ve met some pretty powerful people. Not all of them are necessarily famous, but a lot of them have daily lives where they’re in charge of many others, or they run Fortune 500 companies, or they’ve been elected to office. They’re the kind of people who can make things happen with a word, and their subordinates listen to them — sometimes out of fear, but usually out of respect for their knowledge and authority. But there’s a reason that I’ve met these people. They’re very powerful in their daily lives interacting

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All About Dogs

Exercise: Challenge Your Dog Physically

All dogs require exercise to lead balanced, healthy lives. Just because a dog is small doesn’t mean he needs less exercise, and, although breed can give an indication of the dog’s energy level, the final judgment must be made on the individual dog’s needs. As your dog’s pack leader, you must help her to expend her energy in a productive way. For all dogs, this means a daily walk. Some dogs may require additional activities, such as running, Frisbee, or swimming, in addition to, but never replacing, the walk. Remember that dogs are animals, and animals need to travel and

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All About Dogs

6 Tips For Mastering The Dog Walk

Here are six dog training tips on how to walk your dog and master the dog walk. When I’m out with my dog pack, I often walk about ten dogs at a time, sometimes even off-leash if I’m in a safe area. People are amazed by this, but it’s simple: the dogs see me as their pack leader. This is why dogs follow me wherever I go. Here are 6 tips for mastering the dog walk. 1. Walk in Front of Your Dog Walking in front of your dog allows you to be seen as the pack leader. Conversely, if

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Dog Psychology

Pack Leadership Technique 3: Establish Rules, Boundaries And Limitations.

Because of their nature as social pack animals, dogs want us to tell them what they’re supposed to do. Their goal is to help the pack survive, and they do it by following the pack leader. It’s the job of the pack leaders to provide protection and direction. Establishing and enforcing rules, boundaries, and limitations is how they provide direction to the pack. ‘ Rules refer to what a dog is and isn’t allowed to do: Stay off of my bed but sleep on yours; don’t jump on people; don’t pull on the walk. ‘ Boundaries control where a dog

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All About Dogs

5 Ways To Make The Walk More Interesting

Dogs need walks. Walks provide them with exercise, help you assert your position as Pack Leader, and bring some fun to the day for both of you. But what do you do when that fun fades and you and your dog seem to just be going through the motions, bored and waiting for the walk to be over so you can go back home? It doesn’t have to be this way, and we’ve come up with five dog-walk tips designed to alleviate boredom for both you and your pup. Take the road less traveled Lots of dog lovers come up

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Dog Psychology

Pack Leadership Technique 4: Master The Walk

Pack Leadership Technique 2 reminds us to provide exercise, discipline, and affection in that order. And the absolute best way to provide exercise and discipline for your dog is through the walk. To make the walk productive and bonding, you have to be the leader. This means that you’re in front, not your dog. It helps to use a short leash with the collar up at the top of the dog’s neck, where you have the most control. Keep your leash arm down and relaxed, with the leash loose. Don’t grip tightly because that sends tense energy down the leash

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Dog Care

The Look Of Love: How Humans And Dogs Bond

There’s a reason that human mothers bond with their newborn children so quickly. This is because the process of pregnancy and birth releases various hormones, particularly oxytocin. When oxytocin works on various parts of the body, it is responsible for causing contractions during labor, as well as allowing the mother to lactate and feed her child. But when it goes to work in the brain, something else happens — it fosters bonding between humans and, in the case of a mother, facilitates maternal instincts. Oxytocin is common in many mammals and plays the same roles. However, scientists have so far

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All About Dogs

5 Tips For Building Boundaries

It’s important to give a dog rules, boundaries, and limitations. In other words, our dogs need to know what they can do, where they can do it, and for how long. In this article, I’m going to focus on boundaries: teaching your dog where they are and are not allowed to go. Here are 5 Tips For Building Boundaries Establishing boundaries can solve canine behavior problems like getting on the furniture, begging at the table, or bolting when a door is opened. In effect, when you create a boundary you’re building an invisible barrier and teaching your dog not to

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