Skip to main content

Dog Training Tips for Beginners - How to Assert Dominance in Your Canine Companion

Chidi John is a talented author and a German Shepherd's companion. He believes that a well-trained dog brings happiness its family


Dogs are frequently considered domestic animals since they can coexist with people and learn new skills. In the wild, dogs adhere to a social structure. Typically, the Alpha, the strongest pack member, takes the reins. Dogs occasionally engage in a show-off to decide who should be the pack leader.

They act with their owners in their houses the way they do in the wild, especially if other dogs are nearby. The others follow the alpha, who takes the lead. You are intended to be the alpha, the difference between the wild and at home. Many dog owners struggle to establish dominance over their pets and control undesirable behavior.

To correctly train your dog, establish your authority as the alpha, and create a lifelong relationship with your canine companion, keep reading.

Take Charge

Dogs understand the energy you give and can act upon your fear or succumb to your dominance. Trying to correct a dog without balanced energy is a waste of time and effort. This is why you must be much more composed and confident than usual while dealing with a dominating dog.

Your dog can tell if you're stressed or apprehensive; a dominant dog will interpret this as a sign that it should take control. However, if you are authoritative and calm, a dominant dog will interpret this as everything is well and won't feel the need to guard and guide their pack, which includes you.

Early Dog Training

Any information or habits that your dog picks up early on will impact the energy it will exhibit as an adult. When a dog is a puppy, it is never a good idea to neglect it. Start that dog's training early and instill a sense of respect for you as the pack's alpha.

Study your dog to determine what it likes between rewards and toys at this point so you can start training it. This will tremendously assist you in training it using the appropriate tools and capturing its attention most of the time.

Try the following to train your dog early:

  • Utilize rewards: Your dog should have a favorite meal or treat that you may use to train it.
  • Purchase toys: If your dog doesn't get thrilled when he sees food or treats, try introducing toys to determine what makes your dog happy.
  • Train your dog early because if you train for more than an hour, it can become fatigued or lose interest. Make sure your dog gets enough rest after a brief training session.
  • Play games to assist your dog release surplus energy. It would help if you introduced your dog to games to help it accomplish this.

Manage the Resources

Managing all of your dog's resources is one of the best ways to show dominance. In the wild, the Alpha frequently leads the search. They are personally in charge of seeing the pack's feeding. At home, the same rules should apply.

Scroll to Continue

Never let your dog consume treats or food unsupervised. Make your dog wait until dinnertime to get their meal. Tasting is the last thing you should be doing.

As was already said, eating before giving your pet food is a good idea. Make your dog remain seated while you begin to prepare the dinner. Before you give your dog the all-clear to begin eating, place the bowl down and ask them to wait.

Toys fit the same description. Depriving your dog of toys may seem harsh, but it's a terrific method to show your power.

Keep toys stored away during the day rather than leaving them out constantly. When your dog exhibits good behavior, bring them out. You can remove them if they start acting out to point out that you mean business.

Give Reward Only when They Deserve One

Make your dog earn any treats, toys, or special extras before giving them. Your dog should work for everything they get, excluding their regular food.

Your dog has to understand that obeying a command will result in rewards. If you randomly give your dog food, they could start to feel as though they are entitled to all of those rewards.

When they desire a gift or toy, they could even start to act a little pushy and challenge your authority.

Correct with Love

The dog is a member of your household. Treat it as a member of your household. You will retain the lessons you teach it. There are no evil dogs. You receive what you put into it.

Your dog will always want to please you if you let it view you as the kind, caring companion that you are. Dogs have an inherent impulse to defend their owners. By giving strong directions, you may teach the dog when you no longer want their protection. When the dog misbehaves, gently but firmly tell it that you are the pack leader.


Dogs are clever animals, and they react to mannerisms. Therefore, in your dog's eyes, if you don't exhibit the physical traits of an Alpha, you will never be one. Canines are aware of qualities that make for good leaders.

© 2022 Chidi John

Related Articles