Puppy Training – Asserting the Alpha Dog Leadership Role

Puppy training continues for Kash the Border Collie Aussie mix puppy.

puppy training on the run
Kash - Coming when called

Today, we are going to be continuing to work on asserting ourselves as the “alpha dog” leadership role.  As you probably know, dogs want to know where they stand in the hierarchy of the pack (family).  If they don’t know, they will try and assume the leadership role and you will then have your hands full with your puppy or dog.

The alpha dog rules.  He is usually a male, but not always, and is the one in the best physical condition.  He gets to eat first, (gets the choice parts of the meal) sleeps in the highest spot, (to watch over his pack and guard the position) and may be the biggest.

You want to be that alpha dog to your puppy or dog.  They will feel much more at ease when they know their position in the family.  Your dog will be more obedient and want to please you.

What I have learned to keep Kash from biting, (Kash bites a lot) is when he bites, either playing or lashing out in frustration, I grab him by the snout firmly, pin him down with gentle but firm pressure so he can’t squirm free, and in my deepest authoritative voice, I say NO BITE!

The voice I use is not my normal voice, but one that is a bit louder so that he can distinguish the difference in tone.  This is important.  You should always try to use the same tone when trying assert this change of behavior.

So far, this method has been working.  Kash is not completely trained to not bite yet, but it is getting better.  I was worried that I might instill in him a fear of me, but that is not happening.  Instead he looks at me as if to say “I’m sorry”.  And each time I say “no bite” he quits a little quicker.  I have to remind myself that he is just a pup.  A smart one though.

I forgot to mention that we are using a fantastic dog training product we found online.  I have looked at a lot of programs to train our dog, and this is by far the easiest to use, implement, and it fits how we want to train our puppy.  You can check it out here.

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More on Kash’s training sessions later.  There will be many.

I have posted a video with Kash as the star.  If you would like to see it on YouTube you can go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAge7RIcczA

Pet your dog kindly,

Thomas

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