In a natural dog pack their is always an alpha that serves as leader or top dog, the same concept rings true for parent child relationship in families. Like children, a dog needs discipline and expects a leader, and if it doesn’t recognize you as the alpha dog, it will assume the responsibility itself. Dogs crave boundaries and need discipline, rules & limitations. Dogs that are trained to recognize their human’s superiority and leadership are much happier, calm submissive, better adjusted and well behaved. Here are a few tips to let your dog know in a non-aggressive & loving manner, who's really boss.
1. Say "NO" to Growling. Enforce a zero tolerance policy against growling. Growling can be an indication that your dog wants to be the dominate alpha in the pack. Tell your dog no if he growls at you because the dog senses he can dominate you by growling. Walk through entrances first before your pet to show leadership.