Learn How To Be The Pack Leader

The most common question a dog owner asks is “how to be the packLearn How To Be The Pack Leader leader?” You want to understand how to convince your dog that you are the one in charge. Think of yourself as the pack leader, the decision maker: where you should go on the walk, how to behave in certain situations, or respond to all the strange things out there.

When you understand how to be the pack leader you are going to realize that the following means nothing to a dog…

What car you drive, the size of your house, the money you earn or the fact that you speak different languages! I am sure your dog would be very happy to swap all of that for a nice meaty snack!

How To Be The Pack Leader

You need to understand that tricks such as asking your dog to sit orHow to Be The Pack Leader holding your hand out to take their paws are not the skills needed to achieve of becoming the pack leader.

Becoming dominated by being aggressive with your dog is certainly not the way to become the pack leader, in fact, this can back fire dangerously on you later! By forcing your dog into submission will not instill trust and confidence in your dog’s mind for you, it will only make them see you as a bully and not worthy of the pack leader position.

This Is What You Need To Be The Pack Leader

So how do you become the pack leader? All dogs throughout the world use the same ways to check to establish the pack leader regardless of their breed. Important areas to take control are the following:

The pack leader will always be totally calm when your dog barks to alert you to danger. This includes anything that your dog may see as dangerous and barks around your property.

During the walk with your dog, he/she should not be pulling on the leash at any time, even at the beginning.

If you are the pack leader then your dog should be able to relax and switch off. If your dog is always switched on and can not relax, then your dog is the pack leader.

The way you meet and greet your dog when you get home is directly connected to getting your dog switched off.

Finally, feeding your dog correctly with the right methods and techniquesFeeding Your Dog Correctly will establish who is the pack leader and this does not mean asking your dog to ‘sit’. Also if your dog is “not food motivated” then you may be in for a surprise!

To learn the right methods and techniques using video, there is one site that shows you exactly how to become the pack leader and how critical it is to change any behavioral issues.

That site is The Online Dog Trainer where you can watch Doggy Dan during the training process on video.

If you have any questions or concerns please leave your comment below.


18 thoughts on “Learn How To Be The Pack Leader”

  1. I never thought that it was so important to actually be the pack leader for my dog, Max. But, after watching the Doggy Dan video, I am convinced that the way to be the Alpha male in my dog’s life is to show a calm strength that reassures him that he does not always have to be a full-time protector.

    It is amazing to understand that…just as I need to relax at times…so does my best friend Max.

    I am excited to begin my research learning Doggy Dan’s techniques because I feel it will enhance my relationship with Max before either of us get too old to change.

    Thanks, for writing the article! It was an eye-opener!


    1. Hi Jim, 

      I’m so glad you liked this article. When you give your dog the correct message then they can be calm and happy and relaxed. I know you will find good reviews about Doggy Dan’s training methods and techniques. I wish you the all the best. 

      Thank you so much for your comment. 

  2. Hi Nunezr5,
    I really like your site. I am also a pet lover especially dogs. I currently have nine. I pick up strays and can’t always find them homes so they become a part of my family. It would be nice to get them under control they like to bark but when one goes they all go. Your page on are you the pack leader left me with the question am I the pack leader? I know you have video to watch but I was hoping for a little more information on being a pack leader. Your readers will benefit from your site. I think you need to give a few more bread crumbs so they don’t feel like you are just trying to sell them something.


    1. Hi Monica, 

      I love dogs and my focus is to help people with issues with their dogs. It saddens me that dogs are abandoned or returned to shelters because of dog issues. But for the in-depth information, you can get access to the website for only $1 for a 3-day trial and take a look for yourself. And you can cancel before the end of the trial if you don’t think it’s for you. But at least you have 3 days to look over the material and videos. Just go straight to the link. I hope this helps. 

      Thank you for your comment.

  3. What a great post. Your Bassett is adorable by the way.

    I think I spoil my puppy too much, my fiance is definitely the pack leader in our house! I am having big problems with my dog pulling on her lead. what would you say is the best way to stop her from pulling on the lead. are there any harnesses that you would recommend?


    1. Hi Kristy, 

      First of all, if he/she is excited before heading out the door then it’s going to be hard keeping your dog from pulling on the leash. You need to calm your dog down and start before you head out for the walk. 

      What happens when you pick the leash? Your dog becomes excited, correct? This is what you do: Put the leash down and wait a few minutes for your dog to calm. After he’s calmed, grab the leash and if he becomes excited again, put the leash back down and wait again. Do this however many time it takes until he is calmed down to go on the walk. After several attempts, you can now take the walk. I hope this helps. I would like to share a video with more info regarding pulling on the leash, so take a look here.

      Thank you for stopping by and for your comment.

  4. Hi Rosa. I just want to thank you for a great post. My dog is an absolute nightmare when we have to go for a walk. She is always pulling on the leash and wants to do her own thing.

    After reading your post I think I understand what I am doing wrong. You are right, I need to be the leader. I am going to give it a try and see what happens.

    What do you recommend I should do first? I want to take it 1 step at a time. After I accomplish that, I will come back for more advice.


    1. Hi Rika,

      A dog becomes very excited when you pick up the leash because they know they are going for a walk. So the best thing to do is calm them down. 

      If he is jumping all over the place when you grab the leash put the leash down and wait a few minutes until your dog calms down. After he’s calmed, grab the leash and if he becomes excited again, put the leash back down and wait again. Do this however many time it takes until he is calmed down. It may take several attempts before he gets it. I hope this helps. Here is an article with more information and a video you can actually watch how Doggy Dan works with a dog that pulls the leash.

      Thank you for your comment.

  5. As a former Patrol dog Handler, I must confirm what you say regarding being the pack leader. If you get it right, you can control a “pack” of dogs with just your voice in most circumstances.

    I have never been one for teaching my dogs tricks, but I do believe in teaching them actions that make them manageable and society friendly. Things like sitting to keep them calm when in a crowd or when you have guests.

    Instilling discipline in a calm manner without resorting to violence against the dog is important. Learn to enjoy your dog. He’s a friend and can bring you great joy. If you need help, you should definitely reach out to someone, and looking at the video mentioned in your article, he could definitely help.

  6. Some great information here, and the rest of your site seems to have answers for many of my questions as I read it. Before I look closer at the video, do you know if he addresses being the pack leader for multiple dogs?

    One of my bigger dogs, a pit bull mix, is calm and leash-trained well The other, a GSD mix, is wild and pulls hard. I’m wondering if I should be working with the GSD in a one-on-one setting or if I should walk with both of them in hopes that my GSD will learn from the pit bull.

    1. Hi Travis, 

      It would be best to work with the GSD in a one-on-one setting. It’s best he receives the training from you. 

      Thank you for your comment.

  7. I really like your site. It has a lot of great information on how to be a pack leader. I did not know about the pack leader concept. I have a little dog named Coco. It is really my mother’s dog but I take care of Coco because my mother is elderly. I see from looking at “Doggy Dan’s” video that their is a lot I need to learn. I don’t have any problems with Coco but I do see that we could use some improvements in the way of training on dealing with visitors. I will be looking for more from your site in the future. Keep up with the good work. I think your site is an excellent start for learning about how to be a pack leader.

    1. Hi Ken, 

      It’s great that you’re taking care of your mother’s dog. It’s best to be safe by managing little Coco’s behavior around visiters by learning a few tips as you mentioned. Great job!

      Thank you for taking the time to visit my website and for commenting.

  8. Hi, Nunez. I’m a dog lovers and I totally agree with all the tips that you’ve put into this article. Especially about the way to act as a leader of a pack. I’ve met a lot of people around me that always show a domination by being rough. Which I believe that would give a bad impact to their dog’s mentality.
    Thank you for this good article.

    1. Hi Satria, 

      I am glad you found value in this article. I appreciate you stopping by and thank you so much for your comment. 

  9. I always thought that by teaching a dog how to sit and obey my commands, he would acknowledge me as his”leader”. Guess I was wrong. I agree that being aggressive can lead to unexpected behavior.

    My dad used to have a dog for many years but was forced to kill it after it started attacking people for no reason. What we discovered afterward is that the dog started smelling chicken’s blood and it got pretty aggressive. he had eaten 5 chickens. At this point, my father thought that the dog would be a threat even to other people and killed it. Sad story…

    1. Aww…that is so sad. I am so sorry about your dad’s dog. Too often people feel they have to make a hard decision to abandon or return their dog back to the shelter because of the dog’s aggression and for the sake of the family’s safety. I’m glad you found this article with some value.

      Thank you for your comment.

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