Alphatude, or the state of being your dog’s gentle leader is a mind game not a muscle game. Dogs are genetically programmed to seek the highest social position possible in his environment. Dogs are always running for a “higher office”—YOURS!
They do this by testing your suitability for leadership with “Mind Games”. These “Mind Games”, cleverly disguised as play, test your skill, your smarts, your speed, your strength and stamina. People as a rule have no idea that their “spoiling” of Little Dogzilla, by letting Little Dogzilla win these many mind games has created an expensive liability. Resources, especially to the domestic dog, are much more than just food, water, air and sex.
- SPACE is a mind game.
- TUG is a mind game
- NUDGING is a mind game.
- KEEP AWAY is a mind game.
- NOT COMING WHEN CALLED is a mind game.
- HANDLING/GROOMING is a mind game.
- GREETING people and dogs is a mind game.
- SLEEPING SPACE is a mind game.
- STEALING PERSONAL OBJECTS is a mind game.
- STARTING and STOPPING activities is a mind game.
- HOARDING of resources [people-places-things] is a mind game.
This personal pledge helps caring owners understand that love is not enough. Dogs need simple clear consistent rules, comforting routine and meaningful ritual, in order to become safe, sane and enjoyable members of your family. Do you have Alphatude? Learn more here: Alphatude Attitude
Alphatude Attitude Basics
Dogs have a pack mentality. If you own a dog, you are a member of the same pack that he/she is. If a human shows weakness when they first bring him/her into their pack, the dog will often try to become the pack leader himself/herself. There will always be a pack leader. If you make sure that it is you, then you’ll be able to control your dog in any situation because they will look to you to see how they should react. A dog will try to become the pack leader if no one else is.
Consider dogs in a pack. Dogs are happier when they know their place in the pack. Your dog will be more content and happy when you consistently behave like a pack leader. If you allow the dog to be leader in the home, but want to be the leader when you want to take him/her for a walk, you will frustrate your dog.
A pack leader …
- Decides where the pack will go.
- Decides when the pack will eat.
- Decides who gets what food.
- Decides who is allowed to bark and when.
- Decides when the pack is allowed to play.
- Decides what the pack is allowed to play with.
- Decides how other members of the pack must behave.
- Decides who owns what.
- Always walks in the front.
- Can take anything away from any dog in his pack and claim it as his own.
- Never says he’s sorry.
The rest of the pack is not resentful of how this works. To them, it is normal. If you modify your behavior to fit to this model (when relating to your dog), your dog will be content because his/her pack is working the way his/her instincts say it should. When pack leaders correct other dogs in their pack, they are rarely aggressive, but just assertive. Humans must learn this combination of calm assertiveness to master their role as the pack leader. T