If allowed to do whatever it wants, your
puppy will naturally assume the role of pack leader. By the time
your dog is eighteen months to two years old, it will have developed
its full adult personality. If it reaches this stage assuming it
is the pack leader, the dog will probably resist training and you
will have a very difficult time training it. How large a leadership
problem you have with your dog is determined by two factors:
- How dominant your dog's temperament
- How assertive you are as an individual.
If you are naturally an assertive person
and your dog is submissive by nature, you may never experience
a problem. If however, you have a dominant dog, and you are
inconsistent, extremely indulgent, and a non-disciplinarian,
you may have a big problem convincing your dog that YOU
are the PACK LEADER.
The dog will assert its dominance and walk
all over you. A dog will respond to each person according to how that
person presents himself to the dog. That is why you must train your
own dog, rather than send it to a training establishment where they
train the dog for you.
Proper boerboel discipline
If you hit or kick the dog it will learn that
you are stronger and more dominant, but it will also learn to fear
and distrust you. Firmness combined with consistency are very important
in establishing pack leadership. If you are inconsistent it is a sign
of weakness and your dog will test you.
Obedience training is not all force and dominance.
Canine pack leaders also show affection towards their followers. This
is why it is important to praise your dog and show it that its obedient
behavior is pleasing to you. More than anything else proper OBEDIENCE
TRAINING will serve to strengthen the bond between you and your