Dog Lessons in Leadership

When my wife and I decided to get a dog, we started reading books on dogs. Most of those books had some kind of behavioral background. Probably the reason is that dogs follow the reaction-to-stimulus pattern so… hm… effectively. They seem to “remember” both the stimuli and the reaction as if they were one. Not much rational thinking in terms of cause and effect there. But I don’t intend to get into that today.


According to specialists, the world out there is a dangerous place in a dog’s eye, ear, nose… whatever. After reaching a certain age, from a dog’s perspective, all people, animals, mechanical devices (etc.) are potentially hostile. In order to protect the pack (or family, for that matter), a leader is absolutely necessary. The practical effect is this – if you as an owner (or someone from the family) won’t be inclined to show a bit of “leadership,” if you won’t “fake it until you make it,” there’s a big chance your dog will assume the position of the leader. Those of you who own a dog know that’s not the best way to go.

A far-fetched conclusion with regard to the world of men…

Every group needs a leader. Even if the only role of that person is to have the last say when there is no consensus between other members. This position is present naturally. It’s a position where strength matters – be it mental or physical. Be it real or faked. In the end, anyone can take it.