This is one of the most important aspects to having a good relationship with your dog, setting boundaries early on is essential to a happy coexistence. Below are a few tips to get you on your way.
Be confident: In the wild a pack leader uses their calm assertive energy to influence the pack on how to interact with there surrounding. The leader enforces the law in a quiet way and calm way. They do not project an emotional or nervous energy.
Use body language to your advantage: Use the space you have appropriately by asserting yourself in a calm and confident way. This communicates this ownership to your dog through body language, signals and eye contact. A dog will respect your authority if you as the pack leader own the space in which he lives in.
Make your dogs wait: Pack leaders assert their positions in the pack by making others wait to feed, or wait to travel. This waiting is a form of psychological work for the dog. Control when they eat. Make them wait, have them sit quietly, and be calm submissive before feeding them.
Let it be known that your the pack leader: Make your dog work, take your dog on a walk before you feed him. Do not give affection unless your dog is in a calm-submissive state. Also don’t give food until your dog acts calm and submissive. Help your dog with exercise and lead the activity.