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Training is the key, as well as your behavior, to indicate to the dog that you are the Alpha. Simple things like never allowing the dog to hop on any furniture until he or she is given permission. Never allowing the dog to enter a door before you reveal to him he is not leading the way because YOU are. Never allow the dog to see you clean up a mess he or she has made because they see this as you being subservient to them.
At dinner time the dog has to sit quietly while you fix his dinner. Never jumping and barking all around the kitchen like a wild animal. When you and the family sit down to eat the dog is never allowed to sit or jump, begging for food from the table.
While many of these may seem like common sense things, you would be surprised at how many dog owners never figure this stuff out. Then they complain about how difficult the dog can be at times. Practice the above tips and show your dog you are the Alpha of his pack. He will be happier knowing where he fits in and your home will be a more peaceful place.
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