Tag Archives: pack leader

What It Means To Be Your Dog’s Leader

Posted on: March 17, 2017 - No Comments

We’re told as dog guardians that we need to be the "leader of the pack" and let our dogs know who runs the show. But, being a true “Leader” when it comes to our dogs may be very different than what you’ve been led to believe.

You Can’t Fool the Dog: Kids Are Litter Mates

Posted on: September 2, 2014 - No Comments

Some trainers (or television personalities) will tell you that you can teach your dog that your 6 year old is a “Pack Leader”. For the love of kibbles and bits! It’s good to help your child learn to give cues to the dog. Teaching a simple hand signal for sit is a great way for Read More

What Makes a Leader?

Posted on: July 1, 2014 - 2 Comments

What do you think of when you think of a leader? Although many people might conjure up a vision of someone powerful or authoritative, a new study shows that the best leaders are humble leaders. It's hard to imagine what it would mean for the world of companion animal training if this concept was applied Read More

Dogs vs Wolves

Posted on: January 18, 2014 - 11 Comments

Many people assume that since dogs evolved from their wolf-like ancestors, we can and should easily draw parallels between the two, and use what we see in wolf behavior to help explain how to understand our domesticated dogs. Bad idea. Even though dogs and wolves are genetically similar, they are separated by at least fifteen Read More

The Truth About Dominance

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Dogs are not on a quest for world domination. They are not socialized wolves who are constantly striving to be ‘top dog’ over us, and they are not hard-wired to try and control every situation. Contrary to what traditional training ideologies and much modern media would have you believe, most canine behavior problems stem from Read More