I have a confession to make…. Every time I am reading a post by someone, or a comment, or a question and I see the words ‘Pack’ or ‘Pack leader’ I want to scream!!!
You will never see me use those phrases and here is why:
My kids are not wild animals. They are not a PACK! A certain someone who shall not be named who has a tv show uses this word a lot, and he’s wrong. Dogs DO NOT have a ‘pack’ mentality! All of his ‘methods’ are based off research thats been disproven TIME AND TIME AGAIN! The wolves the scientist watched when they wrote the paper lived in captivity in a zoo! They behaved MUCH differently than wolves in the wild, and guess what people DOGS ARE NOT WOLVES.
Now I know at the point all you fans of he who shall not be named are ready to walk away, but just wait and hear me out okay?
I look at my four kids as individual dogs, each with a personality of their own, are some of them more bossy than others? *cough* Daine *cough* YES! Does that make her dominant? Perhaps in a way, but does that mean she’s trying to take over as ‘LEADER of the PACK’
H-E- DOUBLE HOCKEY STICKS NO!! Dogs dont think like that, they dont plan and scheme to ‘further their standing in the pack’ they dont want to get ahead, usually if you think your dog is trying to be your ‘leader’ the problem is on your end of the leash.
Do dogs need a leader?
But just because I allowed my kids to sleep in my bed doesn’t mean they think they can take over! They know whose the boss when it comes down to it! If you’ve spent much time with a dog you’ll realize they LOVE to make US happy! Does that sound like someone whose trying to take control?
Sure they can be hard headed sometimes, and they can be bossy, and they might not listen… But that doesn’t mean anything other than they aren’t perfect, and guess what English is their second langage ; )
What do I want you to take away from this post? Hopefully an understanding of why I call my ‘dogs’ kids and perhaps a better understanding of doggy thoughts
These are just my thoughts, my opinions, nothing more or less
I believe we have a family, not a pack
Not every technique works for every dog
Just know your dog, get to know them, listen to them….
That is all