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Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Confidence in Your Dog Handling Skills

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor

Your dog looks to you for guidance. As a pack animal, he searches for your leadership as the Alpha. If that leadership is lacking he may assert himself, growling when you sit in "his" chair, snarling when you disturb him in the middle of "his" bed, and generally taking over your household. 

Rainbow BridgeIf you are noticing the above-mentioned behaviors it's time to reassess your position in the pack.

Be firm but compassionate and show Fido that he is not a decision-maker. If he is on the furniture and shows possessiveness, place a lead around his neck and gently draw him down to the floor, praising him for getting down (even though it wasn't his idea). Do not allow him to be equal in height as he may perceive he is equal in authority!

There are many ways in which you can assert your leadership. Insist that your dog sit and wait until you give him the command to dig into his food bowl. Be the Giver of All Things Good and your best buddy will respect your authority.

Remember that the bond you have with your dog cannot be broken by standardizing his behavior. He will have greater respect for you if you are gentle but consistent with his training.

My book, Training Your Dog With Love and Compassion details this and many other situations that may occur when you choose a canine companion to live out his life with you and your family!

My new email address is My new cell phone number is 223.231.8098. Please call, text, or email me if you have a behavioral issue or question about your dog. There is no charge for an initial consultation.

Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson

Owner, Brother of the Wolf, LLC

Pictured: The Rainbow Bridge. Dedicated to all pets who crossed in 2020