After reading the title my mind continues with a “vroom vroom.” Oh come on you know that 1960s one hit wonder by “The Shangri-Las”. Or was I the only one brought up listening to the golden oldies? Unfortunately, I’m not referring to this classic from the pop album “Teen Anguish”. My leader of the pack is me… well it’s supposed to be. According to the dog whisperer, Cesar Milan, your dog should respect you as the leader of the pack… even if it’s a pack of one.
Now my sister told me today that I reached a new level of nerdyness for reading this book, but what does she know she isn’t leading a pack. What I’m learning is that dogs pick up on your energy and attitude and determine whether you are a suitable leader… if not then they take charge. Hmmm. I think I’m might take a dogs approach on this.
Projecting the right energy is very important in dealing with dogs or any animal for that matter. The energy that dogs respond best to is calm/assertive. That’s a tough balance to maintain. I have a hard enough time bordering assertive and aggressive. Aggressive behavior isn’t welcomed or respected in a pack. You don’t lead by barking at and biting all the other pack members. So why do we think yelling will work for us? I will definitely need practice working on my calm energy. Staying calm isn’t in my emotional repertoire.
Who thought being a leader of an animal would take so much personal reflection and change? So if we want the best dog I have to be the best person? Hmmm I’m guessing this applies to children and parents as well. There should be a selection process in order to have a child. That’s a whole other blog.
Anywho so I’m realizing that if I want a good dog I have to change my energy to be calm and assertive. I want my little Vive to be well-behaved and maybe some day be a therapy dog that can interacts with the young and old that could use some furry love. But first off I need to be the leader of the pack… vroom, vroom.