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I would like to ask members their thoughts/experiences on the importance of being Pack Leader and to what extreme they choose to or have had to take it.
I genuinely believe our 'pack' of 6 tick along beautifully - especially when you take into account it consists of 4 un-neutered males (if you include my husband and son)!!! The boys are happy, balanced, cheeky typical setters.
A trainer friend is horrified however at some of our practices. We allow the boys on our bed (he says it is elevating them to our level and will confuse them). He believes that dogs shouldn't be allowed to instigate play, it should always come from us. Even the dog laying down with its back to you is an open display of disrespect and should be moved! He believes that by giving these mixed signals, we make them insecure and can trigger dominant tendencies thus potentially causing trouble.
Whilst I appreciate that these techniques can be valuable tools with certain canine personalities that may veer toward aggression, do we really need to apply them in all cases? Am I simply confusing the issue by mixing and matching? Can we have a 'happy medium' or (at the risk of sounding like a Gary Glitter fan) should I be the 'Leader of my Gang'???