Dogs are pack-oriented. If you do not establish yourself as dominant over your dog, they will assume the role and it will lead to problems-- the dog may become tense, overprotective, or possessive when people come near you; the dog may become territorial about your home or suffer from separation anxiety when you go out; the dog may become hyperactive. These things happen because you're not in control and the dog is not taking the cues from you. For example, the pack leader always goes first. To assume control, make sure you always eat first and decide when petting and playing begins and ends.
The dog's primary needs are a good pack leader and exercise for a minimum of 45 minutes daily. And always lead the walk--your dog should be beside you or behind you, but not in front of you. The dog's eyes have to be able to follow your movements, and watch you for signals, stops, changes of pace, and turns. Visual cues are critical. If your dog goes ahead or pulls at the leash, react quickly. Shorten the leash and walk fast, then keep just a little tension to guide your dog--you will see a calm dog. It is very important to be consistent.
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