Have you ever heard someone say that you need to be your dog’s “leader”?
Unfortunately, whenever you hear that kind of language out of a trainer, it’s often an indicator that they are operating from a long-outdated framework. Not only are their methods obsolete, but those very methods have been revealed as being dangerous to your dog’s wellbeing.
While they are correct in saying that you should learn how to lead your dog, the problem is with their understanding of what leadership in actual dog training really is.
Sadly, this misconception of leadership in dog training abounds. Its widespread acceptance is surely influenced by the National Geographic Channel’s popularization of The Dog Whisperer and its brutal methods.
This makes it very difficult to talk about actual leadership in dog training without first addressing the misunderstanding.