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Misconception #3: Dogs need to be shown who’s boss

Misconception #3: Dogs need to be shown who’s boss.

While this is true to some degree, there is often a misconception concerning how to go about it. The key to showing your dog that you’re the boss is to be his leader. Your dog needs to respect and trust you. That doesn’t occur if you try to show him that you’re boss by hitting or otherwise physically punishing him or by yelling at him. Remember that you need to be fair. You must show your dog what to do and how to behave, and you must praise and reward him when he does well. In fact, positive reinforcement – rewarding your dog’s good behavior rather than punishing his bad behavior – is often the best and most successful approach to training. Using forceful or aggressive training methods can lead to behavior problems and, worse, fear biting.

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