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Dogs are such great pets, and bring joy and love into the lives of tens of millions of people worldwide. From the young child with a puppy, to an elder person who has only a dog for company, these lovable animals enrich our lives in more ways than we can number. They become as much a member of our families as another human, but there can be problems if the dog does not understand you are the Alpha of his pack.
Those new to dog ownership, and many experienced dog owners, miss a vital fact concerning how a dog looks at his home and the people around him. He or she will do their best to become the dominant member of what they feel is their “pack”. Dogs do not know they are different than humans.
Have you ever watched a dog see himself in the mirror for the first time? He barks like crazy at the “strange” dog looking back at him because he assumes he looks like we do. And in all canine family units/packs there has to be one person in charge, and to a dog this person/dog is the Alpha member. All members of the unit are submissive to the Alpha. This is why your dog must understand you are the Alpha of his pack and he or she has to listen to your commands. Otherwise the dog will try and run the home creating a real pain for everyone involved.
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