Dogs Unknown
Dogs Unknown
May 29, 2023
Does Your Dog Need a Leader?
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For the past several decades, dog owners have been inundated with messages that we need to be a "pack leader" or "alpha" with our dogs. Those specific terms imply that we need to take a power position by actively asserting dominance over our dogs in our daily lives.

So is all of this really necessary? Do dogs need leadership from us? And if so, what does that actually look like?

- Ayelet Berger (she/her/hers) CDBC is a Certified Behavior Consultant and Co-Owner with INSTINCT Nashville.

- Taylor Snead (they/them) CBCC-KA, is a Certified Behavior Consultant at INSTINCT Portland (Oregon)

Hosts Brian Burton (he/him/his) and Sarah Fraser (she/her/hers) are Co-Founders and Co-CEOs of INSTINCT Dog Behavior & Training. Both are Certified Dog Behavior Consultants and have Master's degrees in Animal Behavior from Hunter College/CUNY.

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