Are You The Pack Leader Your Dog Wants You To Be?

In this article, I want to explain about two key facts about your dog…Be The Pack Leader

The first is I want to look at whether or not you really need to be the pack leader.

And the second is whether the pack leader really needs to use force to get the dog to listen to him? I mean really, is it necessary to beat your chest, shout and smack your dog in order for your dog to obey?

The answer to these two questions could change your relationship with your dog, almost instantly and forever.

Question 1: Do I really need to be the pack leader?

Let us look at the facts…

Dogs are pack animals. There are leaders and followers. You can’t change that. It is simply how dogs work…and it works very well.

The pack leaders make the decisions and the followers follow. It’s that simple.

In the wild, dogs are pack animals. They have descended from the wolves. And what most people don’t realize is even in your home you form a pack. There are other members in the home that make up the pack, maybe children, another dog, even a cat…

The fact remains that dogs view all these as members of the pack, and the pack leader in their eyes must make all the decisions.

Now in many homes, there are dogs who are just very happy to please. They simply do as you ask without any problem. Some dogs are just simply much easier to train and the owners are convinced that it is all because of a great job they do as owners.

You may even know someone that has a pleasantly calm dog and you can’t work out how because the owner doesn’t do anything special. In fact, you may be a bit frustrated that your dog causes you so much grief.

So, how can this be?

I will let you in on a little secret.Calmed Dogs

The simple fact is…It usually has nothing to do with how good the owners are…Some dogs are simply much easier to train than others.

…if you have an easy-to-train dog then you can get away with so much…and many people do. They have a dog for many years convinced that they are great with dogs and know exactly what they are doing, always giving suggestions and how they do it when in reality they just have an extremely easy dog!

On the other hand, if you have a difficult and a very smart dog, you have to recognize exactly what you are doing and the messages you are giving your dog. It is more difficult to train these dogs if you do not know what you are doing. The secret tip to train these type of dogs is…ensure that YOU are the pack leader in the home.

And the difference between the easy and difficult dogs has nothing to do with breeds. It’s all about character and personality. You will not be able to tell until they are in your home.

Only then will they listen to you…

The struggle never ends, they never give in, and you are at the point of exhaustion. It is all because in your dog’s mind you are not the pack leader…YET!

But Here’s the Good News

If you are struggling, the first thing you need to do is become the pack leader. There is a fantastic resource which shows you how to become the pack leader in the most amazing gentle way.

But let me share the next point before I tell you where this fantastic
solution is…

2. Is the pack leader aggressive in their behavior?

No. The best pack leaders are calm and consistent. They are firm but fair, there is no screaming, no shouting, no hurting, and no need for smacking.

The old school approach used to teach that you needed to physically dominate your dog involving a lot of force and conflict with your dog which turned quite ugly.

Nowadays, the best dog training focuses on teaching people how to win their dog’s mind in a calm and gentle way, so that their dogs accept them as the pack leader through choice, not because of fear.

By learning how our dogs see the world we can adjust our behavior to communicate clearly to them in a way they understand. It is extremely important that we give them the right messages, rather than simply applying human psychology to a dog. Let’s face it, would you apply fish or bird psychology to a dog? So why would we apply human psychology to a dog?

Your dog is a canine evolving from wolves and there is some slight but crucial difference!

When you understand your dog’s mind and where they are coming from there is no need for fear or aggression in training, but if you are struggling then chances are your dog does not see you as the pack leader.

Become the Pack Leader Now

The most amazing dog training website explains how to become the pack leader by Doggy Dan’s video website with over 250 videos including live consultations in people’s homes.

What is more, it is something we can all do. The simple steps are clearly laid out for you to follow. The whole site is loaded with value and has an entire section dedicated to puppy training and another to stopping unwanted behaviors.

If you are serious about having a good training dog that you can be proud of then I fully recommend you take a look at the site now. This site offers a FREE trial for 3 days to everyone!

Thank you for visiting my website. If you like this article or have a question/comment please post it below.

22 thoughts on “Are You The Pack Leader Your Dog Wants You To Be?”

  1. I like the way you have your page set up. The color is great and make is easy on the eyes. I love the pictures and video. I was wondering how do you change the background color? I have not been able to do that with my site. I think you have picked a great niche. thanks Wendy

    1. Hi Wendy,

      I think most themes allows you to customize your website. Go to your Dashboard, scroll down to ‘Appearance’ > ‘Customize’, then select ‘Background Color’. On my theme I select ‘Page Background Color’. And just select the color you want. I hope that helps.


  2. This was really great information! I knew that different dogs react differently. But I always did think that maybe I was doing a poor job at training. I have one that seems to learn everything I teach him, and he is eager to please. The other is very calm and easy going, but he won’t do most things I try to teach him. He kind of has an attitude LOL.

    1. Hi Matt’s Mom,

      Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. I’m glad you appreciate the information in this article. That’s my focus to provide Dan’s method to people so they can help their dogs just like what you’re doing. That’s great! I appreciate your comment.

  3. You make some really great points here in your article. All dogs are different when it comes to training, just like humans. I myself have a morkie (Maltese and Yorkie mix) and I had to learn the proper way to train him. He is such smart dog and some tricks that may have worked with my German Shepherd wouldn’t work with him. Dan’s method gives some great insight I never thought of. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Am I the pack leader my dog wants me to be? Hmm, I think so :). I have a german shepherd, they are working and obedient dogs. I think I have a good pack leader performance because Bax is very obedient and affectionate dog. There is no need to use force to get dog to listen. I’m lucky to have such a good !

    1. Hi Deva,

      Sounds like you are one of the fortunate ones. Not many people have dogs that are good and obedient all the time.

      Thank you so much for your comment.

  5. Hello here. I think that this article can help become not just leader for dog but it could help to evolve as human being.
    You stated that the pack leader must be calm, assuring and trustworthy. Many people can not control their tempers and mood.
    Being a pack leader could help train character as human being.
    I once had a shepherd from Middle Asia. Unfortunately, I could not be a leader and he took control on the rest of family. He did not bite but he was not so pleasant as golden retrievers are.
    We all were safe but I recognized the importance of research about breeds.
    Thanks for good read, all the best, Nemira.

    1. Hi Nemira,

      You are correct about people having uncontrollable tempers and mood which can affect others around them, even dogs. Your dog may have learned his behavior from wherever he was as a pup.

      However, to become the pack leader you have to understand your dog, this is key before you start the training. Many people overlook this technique and this is why they can’t succeed in getting their dogs trained. I hope this helped with a little tip.

      Thank you for your comment.

  6. Thank you so much for this. I have a dog who is pretty well behaved, but I’m always looking for ways to make things better (she still has accidents in the house sometimes). My daughter is definitely her pack leader. She follows her EVERYWHERE. Thank you so much for this information, it was super helpful.

    1. Hi Simply Mom,

      Thank you for stopping by. I’m so glad you found this information helpful. It’s people like you I look forward to posting more tips to help dog owners with little bits of tips that they can use to help their dogs.

      Thank you for your comment and I appreciate it.

  7. Excellent post. You are absolutely correct about your dogs need for you to be the pack leader. I have a multipurpose K9 German Shepherd that, like all working dogs, can be very difficult to handle if not led in the right ways. He will work everyday to try and become the pack leader and will if I let him. Early in my handling days we still took the old school approach using force and aggression to train and maintain the alpha role, but have since adapted to a much more effective approach using marker training and simply giving the dog a purpose within our pack. He knows his role and he is a much happier dog and much easier to keep in line. Thanks for your post!

    1. Hi Erik,

      Thank you for stopping by and checking out my post. Our dogs are important and we want to care for them to see that they are happy and calm. And when they are happy and calm both dogs and owners have a healthy relationship.

      Again, thank you for your comment and have a great day.

  8. Hello Rosa,

    I just love this article. I think the information you provided is extremely useful. While I do not have any dogs, I wish I did. But, it is not allowed in the apartment I live in. I do have a friend who really needs to read this article. Because she can definitely benefit from some of your tips. I want to thank you, Rosa, for helping the lives of dog owners and their friends.


    1. Hi Carol,

      I thank you so much for your comment. If you share this article to your friend I think she will see the value in the content…to the benefit of both her dog and herself.

      I appreciate you stopping by.

  9. Would you mind telling me what WordPress theme you’re using for this website? It’s really beautiful. And I love the green background! Thank you!

  10. I love your article. It is extremely informative about the owner and dog relationship. I love how you focus on learning your dog’s psyche to a make the training really make sense to the trainer. I agree with one thing for sure. I still see people who are mean to their dogs thinking it is showing them who is the boss. But the winning them as a pack leader without fear will make them much happier pets. Thank you for your articles. It will give some pets a chance at being happy starting with the owners.

    1. Hi Ronnie,

      It is sad that people still believe in the old school way, that by using force and fear in their training is the best method to use. But are these dogs happy?

      I’m glad you found this article helpful and I appreciate your comment. Thank you for stopping by.

  11. Very educational article on being the leader of your pack, I know many dog owners who are the follower giving in to their dogs every command.

    I have raised dogs all my life, I have never had a dog I could not train. Some dogs as you stated are more challenging to train, some breeds take longer before they are ready for training as well so really reading up on your breed is your best strategy on learning how to train your dog and not be the follower.

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