The duties of the pack leader:
1. Establish the rules
2. Enforce the rules
3. Maintain social order (leader of the pack chooses who is in the pack, and what authority each does or does not have.
Here is a list of "Relationship "Exercises that should be implemented to assert yourself as Pack Leader These exercises outline specific privileges that a good leader would either expect or assume.
1. Leaders eat first
2. Leaders go through doorways first
3. Leaders stay calm and in control
4. Leaders set the pace and the direction (i.e., heeling)
5. Leaders do not let their personal space be invaded
6. Leaders say when play begins and when it ends
7. Leaders do not beg for attention
8. Leaders do not offer "free" treats
9. Leaders assume the higher ground (i.e. beds, couches, chairs, etc.
10.Leaders never change their direction or step over a dog
11.Leaders assign resting spots for other pack members.
In conclusion; Please be aware that as your dog's behavior improves you can slowly return his privileges. It isn't very often that you will have to completely maintain the strict code of behavior that is laid out in "Relationship Exercises". If you return only 1 or 2 privileges at a time you can determine if that privilege causes the dog's behavior to regress. For example, if your dog reverts back to an unacceptable behavior because you let him sleep on the bed, then you would immediately remove that privilege. There are certain dogs that can't handle certain privileges, like sleeping on the bed, without causing him to behave badly. By only allowing privileges that don't affect your dog's good behavior you can give a great deal of freedom in his life while still being a good leader.
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Article Written By J. Foley