Michael Baugh, CPDT-KA, CDBC
I was looking at my dog, Stella, this morning and wondering to myself, does she really want me to be her leader? It was obvious by the look on her face that she was definitely interested in my poached egg. She was sitting obediently across the room, wagging fiercely and staring adoringly. Egg? Absolutely. Leader? I don’t know.
A lot of trainers, even some respected reward-based trainers, are still big on the idea of establishing yourself as a pack leader and garnering your dog’s respect. You have to admit, that’s a pretty heavy burden for a lot of people.