Alpha Dog Training

During alpha dog training your first step in dealing with generalized disobedience is to establish or re-establish your dominance.

Some Tips To Gain
Alpha Position:

  • When leaving the house and the car, you must always leave before your dog. This is unmistakable alpha behavior to a dog, only the alpha leaves first.

    Inside doors aren’t as important, but every time you leave the house or the car to go outside, you must make him wait for you to go first.

  • Make him wait for his food. Your family and you must always eat before him – if it means he has to wait an extra half hour or so for his meal, it won’t hurt him any.

    When you put his food down for him, make him sit and wait until you release him to eat. Part of alpha dog training is not allowing him to form ideas about when he should be fed.

  • Don’t allow him free access to the whole house. The house is your den: you’re allowing him to be inside. It’s a privilege for him to be in your Den.

    Keep certain areas of the house strictly for your own, as well (such as your bed, certain pieces of furniture, or some rooms).

  • Never allow your dog to initiate play. If he’s nudging you for attention or to start a game, you may think that it’s cute and affectionate; but what he’s really saying is, “I’m the boss and I’m telling you to play with me right now.”

    Playtime is a fantastic way to bond with your dog, but it should be done on your terms, not his.

  • When you arrive home, don’t rush straight over to him and shower him in affection. That is not alpha behavior at all – an alpha dog, upon arriving home, doesn’t go over to the other dogs and throw himself at them, saying, “Here I am! I missed you guys! Let’s have a cuddle!” – he ignores everyone else.

    Even though you’re probably good and ready to interact with your dog as soon as you get home, it will make more sense to him – and underscore your authority – if you ignore him for just three to five minutes upon arriving home.This is probably the hardest one for me and most dog lovers to do!


  • I learned that becoming Alpha with my dogs made them more secure. When they were scared or unsure of things they ran to me for protection. Becoming Alpha is the key ingredient to obedience training. Be the Pack leader.



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