When you’re out walking with your dog, he’s looking to you (the Leader) for guidance: how fast to walk, when to stop, whether he may greet another dog, etc. By giving him that guidance, you’re teaching him what choices he may make as a Follower in your pack. You’re teaching him the self control which will keep him out of trouble and bolster the trust and respect between you. And with enough practice you can train your dog to be trustworthy off-leash—an enjoyable and practical demonstration of your leadership!
“But I have a big backyard for my dog to run around in!”
Here, the horse is clearly communicating that he wants Aston the dog to keep his distance. Aston understands and accepts the boundary set by the horse. It’s important that we communicate to our dogs to respect our boundaries, too.
Below, both horses are comfortable having Aston right next to them. Again, the dog understands and responds accordingly, this time joining the entire pack.
Fostering Morgan was a piece of cake! He was happy, friendly, a great follower, and quickly became a wonderful companion for me. The only hard part for me was trying not to impulsively adopt him myself because he reminded me so much of my first German Shepherd who had passed away 8 months earlier. But after three months of careful deliberation making sure I was adopting him for the right reasons, I signed his adoption papers. And for almost four years now, Morgan has been my work assistant and my faithful companion.]]>
A heart-warming story of the strong bond that develops between a woman and her dog, and how that relationship gave her incredible insight into her own true self. Very enjoyable read filled with the humor and sadness that comes with loving a dog.]]>