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Dominance Vs Leadership


My approach with dogs is all about leadership. Lots of folks hear me say “leadership” and they assume I mean “dominance”. It is SO important to clear this up, so let’s do that now in the clearest way I know how: a chart!


The difference isn't always visible on the outside, but it is something that you the dog owner can definitely feel. See if you can feel the difference between these two approaches.

LEADERSHIP

DOMINANCE

we-focused

me-focused

values group harmony

values personal status in pack

open-hearted

closed-hearted

warm, light-hearted

cool, aloof

firm

forceful

open to the moment

agenda- or goal-oriented

fosters confidence in dog

erodes confidence in dog

clear

confusing

calm

frustrated

fair for everyone

unfair bias to self

patiently play the long game

impatiently want instant results

consistent

yo-yos with ingratiation, to regain favour

predictable

unpredictable

feels safe to be around

feels unsafe to be around

has willing followers

has subjects

disciplines

punishes

success is attributed to the group

takes credit for success

takes responsibility for short-comings

blames dog for short-comings

No one is perfect. Sometimes, you’ll notice a dominant streak in you. It’s ok. Simply being aware of it is a huge step. Next, chuckle at yourself and your dominant streak; don’t be too serious or critical of yourself and don’t try to dominate yourself!


Do you want to move from dominance towards leadership in a way that your dog understands? Work with me to discover EXACTLY how to do that.


Here's to You and Your Dog!


Elaine

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