If a dog is allowed to walk in front of you then he will automatically assume he is the pack leader or Alpha Male. This can lead your pet to a whole host of behavioural issues. As your dog has unwittingly taken charge and they do not feel like they have a choice this could start a series of problems outside of walking, such as chewing, barking etc.
Submitting leadership to your dog is not a good idea, nor do they want or ask for this onerous responsibility, so if you don’t take up the role as pack leader you will not only create stress in your pet, but it’s also likely to build up in you too!
Avoid this anguish and protect the relationship with your animal by simply reinforcing your dominant status and making sure they ‘follow the leader’. This will result in a many happy walks together and a more placid and well behaved dog.
If you’re looking for a regular, reliable dog walking service, call Jo at K9 Buddies today and arrange a home visit to discuss your requirements on 07976 230575.