Are You Accidentally Being A BAD Leader For Your Dog?

In this video, we will talk about leadership dog training. There are a lot of misconceptions out there about "leadership" when it comes to dog training. The idea of being an "alpha" to your dog in the hierarchy of the household has been confused with your dog understanding that you're worth listening to. And that there are times when your dog must listen to you, for their safety and yours! This doesn't mean that you can be heavy handed with them, or that yelling louder is a good way to get them to do whatever it is that you want them to do. It's quite the opposite in fact. It's about being calm, clear, consistent and fair with them that will help you to develop a relationship with your dog. A relationship can seem like an abstract concept, but it's a truly important idea. It will allow you to do more with your dog and spend more time with them. All of this while knowing that they will listen to you each and every time you call them to "come here" or that they will sit and remain in a sitting position when someone approaches. We have spent many years helping more than 80,000 dogs to become well-behaved members of their families. In this video,​ we will discuss the simple ways that will help you to teach your dog that you're worth listening to.

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54 Comments on “Are You Accidentally Being A BAD Leader For Your Dog?”

    1. @Tesla Nick if you don’t have kids, you will never know? I have had many pets in my life. I’ve enjoyed all of them, but there is absolutely no comparison between them and children. It’s not even in the same universe.

    2. @Matt Basford I was very specifically talking about the underlying neurochemistry which is the same mechanism whether you like that fact or not. I also disagree in that the fundamental mechanisms of learning and conditioning are the same, just more complex when dealing with humans.
      I don’t have children of my own, but have one step daughter (from 11 years old, now 26).

  1. I also notice that my dog won’t sit and ignores me when I’m frustrated and try to command. When I’m calm and happy, they do it asap! Now, in working on commands when they are together and other people are around.

  2. Yes, yes, yes! I’m happy because your training tips are making me a successful puppy mom. Since I’ve spent so much time being trained by you, I could watch this video and realize your thoughts on training long term have become my thoughts (because I’ve been well taught by your videos). I love that my 18 week old puppy is looking to me almost always for information and is able to relax when she sees that I’m in charge. We just took a three day weekend with her and she didn’t make any mistakes on the long trip or the hotel stay. Thank you, Ken and Kayl for all you’re doing to teach inexperienced puppy moms like me! My puppy, Kayl, thanks you too! 🐶

    1. Aww thank you, Christy! You are the reason we love publishing videos so much! So glad to hear about your success! Thank you for watching ~Ken

  3. Finally a trainer on YouTube that actually knows what they’re doing! Yes, I’m in the right place. Thanks to the random YouTuber that pointed me out to this channel, sorry I don’t remember your name but thank you!

    1. @McCann Dog Training Hi Kayl, ive learned so much from your channel its unreal!! Something finally clicked for me yesterday, regarding rewarding good and ignoring the bad behaviours, or rather not allowing a situation in which the dog can fail. Set up for success.

      I defo feel my own brain needs retraining b4 my dog arrives, but i am determined to make his life happy and keep him well trainined.

      Thank you so much xx

  4. I don’t have a dog. I have never owned a dog. But I’d like to get the family a dog in the new year. I am learning about training now and I find your videos excellent: very instructive, not hyper, well-spoken. Thanks a lot!

    1. @Dan Yes, thanks for asking. She’s now 6 months old and the training is going very reasonably, considering she is a high energy ADD hunting breed. As long as she understands, she’ll settle down a little in time. I hope. She’s very smart, just a little impulsive 😉

    2. @Blind InTheSun Remember that a tired dog is a good dog! Not overtired, of course, but enough exercise that they are calm and happy. Years ago, we adopted a very high energy Lab who needed 45-60 minutes of solid fetching/running a day in his prime. Without it, he was woofy and spazzy in the house. With it, he was a model dog. High energy breeds are not really ADD, they just need more opportunity to run and play to get the zoomies out than a couch potato dog. When you are going to work on your training, get the dog a little play time first to discharge some energy. Then she will be able to focus better on what you want her to learn, and you’ll both be happier!

    1. I am staying with my father before I moving in with my mom. I don’t trust them my stepfather and mother will help. My mom doesn’t like that I will be crate training. Going to drive me insane

    1. Haha that isn’t the first time someone has said that, P Frost! She does sound like a natural;) Thanks for watching, and Happy Training! ~Ken

  5. Many parents would do well learning the BASIC premise of this instruction, applying to their children!!! Example would be “Say what you mean, mean what you say.
    Former Dog trainer in Show and Obedience…

    1. dunno if anyone cares at all but I just hacked my girlfriends Instagram account using InstaPortal. Just google for it if you care

  6. Some of the best McCann dog videos are just like this one. More of a dog training “philosophy” or approach as opposed to specific training videos. Just got my first puppy a month ago and this video nailed down a lot of the things I have been questioning and in a very common sense manner.

    Thanks ya’ll!

  7. I like watching videos like this, not because I have a dog, but to remind me how much hard work dogs are every time I think I want one!

  8. My yorkie pup ignores the CRAP out of me. But he is so smart. He only listens if I have a treat . I was able to train him all the basic commands and a little more trickier ones. He just doesn’t listen when I dont have a treat to give 😭😭😭

  9. So my puppy listens half the time, so am I a half-good leader or half-bad leader? idk anymore I’ll make some adjustments always room for improvement! 😂

    1. I have that issue too ! But it happens only when I’m angry at her. Altough she’s still very young and don’t know a lot of things about commands and behavior. Like biting. How is your training by now ?

  10. Thanks for the excellent and clear explanation! This is the first explanation on how to be a good leader for our dog that has actually made sense and the actions you explain feel achievable. Much appreciated!

  11. I’m staying with a friend at the moment who’s fostering an aggressive chihuahua who’s been encouraged to be aggressive and she thinks the can ‘fix’ him. And yet gives him treats and attention when he behaves badly and it’s getting on my nerves lmao

  12. So on point with leadership! Getting a new pup in a month. Our last dog was a superstar with around 300 verbal and sign language commands. It was because we started with a ton of structure from day one.

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