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April 25th, 2012
By Eric Letendre
In the dog training world there is a lot of controversy around the concept of Alpha.
Some trainers strongly believe in the alpha theory and some trainers think it is bunk.
Having studied dogs for many years and by having multiple dogs in the house, I can tell you with zero reservations that dogs are pack animals and respond to a top dog.
My dog Suede, a Belgian Malinios was top dog in my house. He would always eat first, sleep in the most comfortable spots and basically get his way.
Very dominant dog. This is important to understand because in order to have a good relationship with your dog you have to be the leader.
There can be BIG problems in the house if your dog thinks that he is in the lead position.
Problems like aggression, guarding, stealing, possession and more.
So, how do you become alpha?
Let me share the secret with you my dog loving friend.
…Control the activities that are important to your dog.
There are four activities that make up your dog’s behavior:
4. Social contact
It really is simple to become the leader of your pack. Control the games you play with your dog, control the food, where your dog sleeps and the social contact between you and your dog.
Example: Most dogs love to play tug games. Tug is a great game to play with your dog BUT, if your dog wins the game (you release the toy) you have just communicated to your dog that you are the weaker member.
Happens enough times and you could have BIG problemos.
All the best,
P.S. I don’t know if there is something in the water – but I’ve been getting lots of questions about how to become the alpha.
Well, guess what.
Maybe there is something in the water.
Because in The Ultimate Online Recall Course I have a WHOLE section on how to become the alpha following some simple steps.
I included this section in the course because if your dog does not think you are alpha, guess what…
…your dog will NOT respond to the command “COME.”
But I will say this:
Your whole relationship with your dog revolves around you being the alpha. Once you do become alpha, everything clicks.
A bold claim?
I suppose it is.
But I stand by every word.
Get all the details at:
You also get instant access to the 22 page report, “10 Secrets To A Reliable Recall.”
April 8th, 2010
By Eric Letendre
This video is from one of the top wolf researchers in the world. back in the 1970′s he wrote a book in which he talked about the Alpha wolf which a LOT of dog training theory has been based on. I think it is very interesting and I’d love to hear your comments on this. In an upcoming post I will write about my thoughts on this subject.