If you find yourself asking this question, it is probably because you are having trouble controlling your dog. You find yourself following and adjusting to what your dog wants. If this is the case, then you should keep reading. I will tell you the reason why your dog is behaving that way and what you must do to change this behavior.
Your dog may not have been born in the wild, but the pack mentality is still part of his instincts. It will order the social order showing dominance and power. Therefore, he will see you as his leader or his follower depending on how you act, behave and treat your dog. It could be because you’ve spoiled your dog and surrender to what he wants on a routine basis, he will start to think that he is the Alpha male and you are the follower.
That I have to do?
You see, dogs are like children. You should be able to set rules for them to follow; the lack of rules will only cause your dog to be pampered. If you try to use these few simple rules, it can help you not only discipline your dog, but also teach him that you are the boss or the alpha dog.
You first before your dog
Even simple things like this will let your dog know who the alpha male (or female) of the house is. In the wolf pack, the leader always eats first. If you show that you are eating first before your dog, it will let him know that you are the leader of the pack. Don’t try to give in when he whines and looks at you with those sad puppy dog eyes. Also try to avoid giving him pieces of food from his plate while he eats. You should only eat after you’ve eaten.
Another rule that applies to this is when you walk through the door. When you allow your dog through the door first, you are implying that he is the dominant dog. You should always keep this in mind. Leaders lead and followers follow. So every time you go through a door, make sure you go through first so that he realizes that you are the leader and he is only the follower.
Rules for sleeping
We have seen in many movies and things on television of pet owners who let their dogs sleep in their bed. That’s a big no no. Letting him sleep in your bed tells him that they are both the same. Provide him with a bed or cage that he is comfortable sleeping in. Make sure your bed is placed on the floor. If your dog has been sleeping on the floor, don’t walk him. Dominant dogs sleep wherever they want and inferior dogs walk around them so as not to disturb their sleep. So if you see your dog sleeping on the couch and you want to lie down, give him a gentle nudge to move him out of the way. If he is sleeping in the hallway and you have to walk through him, gently wake him up so that he turns away, of course, do not try to step on him.
These are just a few simple rules to let your dog know that you are the leader. Keep these things in mind and in practice at all times, and your dog will soon realize that you are the Alpha male of the house.