Rescued Staffordshire Terrior

by Betty
(Rosharon, Texas United States)

The team:
Rob-the husband, Betty-the wife, Cricket 13 year old Schnauzer,
Newest shelter additions to the team-Have been on the team for 5 days:
Sugar Bear 2 year old Staffordshire Terrier(30 lbs full grown)
Scooter 2 year old Staffordshire Terrier (34 lbs full grown)
The newest team members have:
Not displayed any food aggression,
Not displayed any other dog aggression toward Cricket-she on the other hand can be a bit snappy.
Barked at neighbors-common doggie language-I am going to assume that it was clean language.

Sugar & Scooter met met my son Saturday, they had been with us for 4 days at that time.
Robert(son) stuck his hand over the fence & Scooter jumped up and gave a warning snap. Nothing more, my son continued to leave his hand hanging down over the fence and both of us talked "calmly" and Scooter gave in & licked Robert's hand & every one became friends.

Next plot-Sunday 5 days on new team:
Robert (son) texts me while I am at church telling me he & the neighbor (Jimmy) put the new team members back in the fence, fixed the chain link issue, & told me that, "They snapped at Jimmy & him when they were trying to put them back in the fence. My son said they were very aggressive.
So, were they aggressive because they did not know Robert or Jimmy?
Or I was gone & they decided to look around outside the fence?
Or were they protecting themselves?
Or were they protecting the yard?
No one was bit!!! But now I want to start training just to be on the safe side!!!
What is your professional opinion? Thank you!!!

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May 08, 2019
Become The Pack Leader
by: Online Dog Trainer

Become The Pack Leader

Of all the questions that people ask "how to become the pack leader" is the big one! This is by far the most important question how to convince your dog that you are the person in charge. Think of the pack leader as the decision maker - where you should go on the walk, how to behave in different situations and how to respond to all the strange things that are out there.

When you understand how dogs packs work you soon realize the importance, that pack leader makes all the decisions. If you leave it up to your dog then there a big chance that your dog is going to get something’s very wrong and make a mistake!

In order to understand how to become the pack leader you must first recognize 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 languages! Your dog would happily swap all of that for a nice snack!

Asking your dog to sit before her dinner falls a long way short of what you need to be achieving to become the pack leader and walking through doorways is only necessary when your dog is on the lead.

Lastly - dominating your dog is certainly not the way to become the pack leader in fact this can back fire badly on you later on if you teach your dog that physical strength is what it is all about. Whilst you may force your dog into submission it will not be convincing your dogs mind that you are worthy of the position and that you should become the pack leader only that you are a bit of a bully.

So how do you become the pack leader? All dogs worldwide, regardless of breed use the same ways to check to establish the pack leader. The best way to learn about how to put it into practice is to watch it being done on video as I have done through one of the video based web sites. The important areas to take control in are the following:

The pack leader will be in total calm control when your dog barks and alerts you to danger. This includes anything that your dog may perceive as dangerous and barks at in and around the property
On the walk your dog should not pull you at a single stage, even the beginning! Learning to walk your dog properly can only really be learnt through video as I have found out!

If you are the pack leader then your dog should be able to relax and switch off completely inside the house. If your dog is always switched on most of the time and can’t relax then that is your dog on pack leader duty!

Getting your dog to switch off is directly connected to how you meet and greet your dog after your return home. You need to watch it on video it is so subtle but it is the difference between being the pack leader or the follower.

Lastly, feeding your dog correctly will establish who is the pack leader and there is much more to it than asking your dog to sit! Also if you have a dog that is "not food motivated" then you may be in for a surprise!

There is one site that shows you – using video – exactly how to become the pack leader and how crucial it is to changing any behavioral issue.

If you want to understand more about this topic or see the videos that explain everything then simply take a look at:

The Online Dog Trainer here.

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