A Leader, not a Master

11 Jan

In past years, dog owners would most commonly refer to themselves as being their dogs master. Now, i believe things are changing a little.

 

Personally, i prefer the term leader to master.

Master: This term feels more authoritative, and not in a positive way. To me, it gives a sense of bossiness and control (more through punishment than through discipline). I feel that owners who use the term master, feel as though it is their duty to get the dog to do what they want through being the boss.

Leader: To me, the term leader feels much more positive. A leader is someone who guides you through gentle encouragement, instruction and of course some disciplined as well.

 

I feel that as owners, it is our responsibility to guide our dogs, letting them know how to behave correctly in order to fit into what essentially is “our world”. I font feel we need to be the big scary boss in order to get them to do what we want them to do and to behave in an acceptable manner, but that guiding them, teaching them right from wrong gently with lots of praise and encouragement gets the same results in a more positive way.

After all, dogs in the wild live in packs and packs don’t function properly without a pack leader. I feel that when dogs are bought to live in the human world, it is the owner that needs to take the place of pack leader.

 

When we stop walking, Maya will (usually) sit by my side and periodically look up at me, for guidance.

When we stop walking, Maya will (usually) sit by my side and periodically look up at me, for guidance.

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