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September 23, 2010

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This short video is a series of excerpts out of our DVD titled Establishing Pack Structure with the Family Dog. Many pet owners experience behavior problems with their dog that are a result of how they have chosen to live with their dog. These problems can go away if the make the changes that are detailed in our DVD.


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Establishing Pack Structure with the Family Pet

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Establishing Pack Structure with the Family Pet DVD

The goal of our pack structure training program is to produce a dog that is calm and submissive and a dog that follows the rules of the pack leader. This DVD teaches people how to become a pack leader that their dog respects and loves.

Most people are not born pack leaders. In fact far from it. The majority of dog owners (many who have owned dogs their entire life) simply don’t know anything about the instincts that control our dogs or how strong these instincts are in the domestic dog. Oh people may have heard that they need to be a "pack leader" or they may have heard they need to be an "ALPHA" with their dog but they don’t understand what this really means or how to accomplish it.

Current shows on TV about dog training lead people to think they can deal with behavioral problems but the fact is these shows are often misleading. In many cases these TV shows offer limited to dangerous advice that only a professional dog trainer with years of experience should attempt. While these shows are interesting to watch, because the dog owners are so inept, they don’t offer a program that pet owners can follow.

Our DVD outlines a program that I have developed over the past 45 years of owning, breeding and training German Shepherds. This program works on every breed of dog and dogs of all ages. This program is the foundation for solving almost all behavioral problems, especially those related to aggression.

New pet owners are often told the road to a calm, submissive dog is to attend obedience classes and socialize their dog. In our opinion this is not correct. The road to a calm dog is to first establish pack structure and leadership. When that's done you can obedience train your dog.

Dogs are pack animals. Every breed of dog is hard wired with genetic pack instincts. From the smallest Chihuahua to the largest Great Dane, dogs wants to live in a family pack. Once they find their pack they genetically need to determine their rank within that pack.

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Question: My dog has exocrine pancreatic insufficiency and no matter what we do or how much he eats, he is still thin and bony. Can you suggest anything to do to fatten him up?

Hi Cindy,

I am writing to you because I have tried the forum and have not gotten any answers to this question -- thinking that with all your experience with dogs and GSD, maybe you can help me. Our 4-1'2 year old has exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. It has always been a struggle to keep him at a decent weight, even with the enzymes. We were using viokase and now use biokase because it is half the price and I've seen no difference between the results... but he's just so thin and bony, no matter what we do or how much he eats... can you suggest anything to do to fatten him up? He eats a diet of 50% Honest Kitchen, 50% raw ground beef, plus supplements, beef neck bones almost every day, etc.

Thanks for any ideas -- Best -- Michael

Cindy's Question:

How much (amounts) and how often are you feeding him? Let me know and I'll try to offer some input.

Cindy Rhodes

Michael's Response:

I am feeding him one cup Honest Kitchen and 1-1/2 cups ground beef, twice a day. Plus kelp, alfalfa, vit E, fish oil once a day, and a raw egg two or three times a week. Plus a beef neck bone just about every day... he has lots of energy, etc. but I can see his ribs, his hind quarters look bony, etc. Thanks Cindy...

Best - Michael

Cindy's Answer:

I might first suggest feeding him 3 or even 4 times a day, divide his meals up. Dogs that have a hard time gaining weight do better with smaller, more frequent meals.

I might feed him the regular AM meal, then feed him 2 to 3 more smaller meals each day... while adding a bit more volume.

I'd increase his overall food consumption by about a third to see if that makes a difference (so I'd add an ADDITIONAL 2/3 of a cup of HK and another cup of meat spread out over his daily feedings).

You might also want to try fattier cuts of meat (if he can tolerate that) or even adding some additional fat chunks to his meals. Our butcher shop will save the fat trimmings for us and let us have them for a very cheap price.

Have you ever tried feeding him pancreas? I know that a lot of dogs that don't do so well on the supplementation sometimes really improve when fed raw pancreas. http://www.ellsbury.com/cheetahfaqs.htm here is a link I found without doing much searching.

I would also make sure that you are mixing the enzyme powder into the food and letting it sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before feeding.

Whenever dealing with EPI, make any changes gradually! I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes


Thank you so much Cindy.


For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Health.


Question: My dog is a sweet and loving dog but he growls and shows his teeth if we ask him to move, he lunges at me until I walk away. He gets aggressive if we try to correct him when we are eating, he hates people who wear caps or hoods and I am at my wit’s end.

We have a Welsh Springer Spaniel who is three years old  We are the dog’s third owners. 

Cooper is basically a sweet loving dog, but definitely has some very defined aggressive characteristics.

1)  He will growl and show his teeth if I ask him to get off something or move.  If I continue, he will lunge at me until I walk away.
2) He will growl and show his teeth if he is sitting on a chair and my husband comes and tells him to move (same behavior as above).
3) He do the same when  a good friend of mine came over to help me when I was sick, he wouldn’t let her in the room.
4) He barks when people get near the car and shows his teeth, he actually tries to get at them (even if we are in the car and tell him to stop. 
5) He hates people that wear a hood or a cap. 
6) He will stand against my daughter if she tries to correct him, she is no longer at home and wasn’t since we had Cooper but he has tried nipping her.
7) He is very very aggressive if we  try to correct him while we are eating.

When I read your article, I was at wits end with him.  After an incident with my husband, who totally uses a kind approach thought out, he peed on the floor.  The rest of the night he was very passive like he knew we were done.

A couple things I noted:

He sleeps with me on my bed.  I allow the dogs (have a little Westie also) to do this, my husband will not sleep with them.  I will now kennel him.

We found that putting him behind a gate worked very well while we were eating, he just lays down.

Please let me know how you feel.  I now understand the pack issue and it is very obvious Cooper wants to the be the pack leader.  He goes on walks and is wonderful.  He goes out and retrieves a ball with my husband all the time.  He is terrified of the night.  If he is let out he will just stay next to the house.  Of course we have an outside kennel he normally is in without us being with him.

Thank you,


You need to change the way you live with this dog.  He would get NO privileges to be on furniture or to even be in a room off leash.  He would wear a leash and dominant dog collar when he was not kenneled and if I couldn’t watch him then he would be in a crate. No more freedom for him.  If you are worried about being bitten, then I would suggest a muzzle,  we have directions on how to measure the dog on this page. http://leerburg.com/muzzle.htm

Make sure to get him a crate, not a baby gate. 

Start with our groundwork program and Pack Structure for the Family Pet.

I’d also recommend the DVD Dealing with Dominant & Aggressive Dogs.

We also have a number of eBooks, which include topics that may help you. 

For future questions, you might benefit from learning to use our SEARCH function, which is located in the top left corner of every page of the website. If you type in your key words or question it will find you articles, Q & A’s, free streaming video and links to threads on our discussion forum. Our website has over 16,000 pages and it’s very likely you’ll find the information you are looking for.  I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

More Information:

Thank you Cindy. We have a large crate for him and he sleeps in it at night and is absolutely fine.  When we eat he is put behind the gate in the front room where his crate is. I can’t do no more freedom, I just can’t. He has been changing right now. Cooper and Snickers are home during the day and have their favorite room to get up and look out the window. I will read and keep reading and thank you for answering me. I also do not allow him to go in front of me down the stairs and that too is working.  He is not a bad dog just mixed up as far as leading the pack. 

Thank you again for answering me.



After reading your initial email again I believe that you are kidding yourself if you think crating him at night and using a baby gate when you eat is going to address this. You have a serious issue with this dog and someone is going to be hurt unless you actually take our advice seriously. 

No one said he is a bad dog, but the attitude of the human pack leader should be much more clear. I can tell you feel sorry for this dog and your attitude is actually a big part of the problem. Letting this dog get up on furniture to look out the window is like giving a disrespectful teenager no consequences when he should have been grounded. Feeling sorry about taking away a privilege from a dog is projecting weakness to the dog, which only reinforces his status as dominant. 

If what you are doing is working then that’s great, but in my experience you are not making enough of a difference to change his behavior long term.

I wish you the best. Every day we have emails from people who have been bitten by their own dogs, many times with photos. I’m merely trying to save you the pain and heartache of being one of those people.

Cindy Rhodes


For more information on this topic, see our Q&A on Aggressive Dogs.


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Good Morning,
Thank you for making a page dedicated to showing the effects/results of humans improperly trying to stop dog fights or other situations. I was wondering if you could include more pictures of the dogs that bite so people know that it is not just  the stereotypical dogs that can bite. I have been a law enforcement officer since 1998. A couple of years ago I was working in Alabama and investigated some goats that were being attacked by local dogs. I expected 1/2 wild dogs to be the perpetrators. After searching the area,  I returned to the area of the goat pin and one of the dogs was inside chasing the goat, after it had already attacked it. The big, soft, fluffy golden retriever was going after the goat with a "smile" on its face like it was chasing a ball, not a living thing. The other dog was found later. It was a fluffy, friendly mixed breed. Both were family dogs that at night slept in the bed with their adolescent boy (owner's kids). Both had very pleasant dispositions and were quite friendly to humans. Both had blood all around their mouth from the goat. I checked their mouths to verify that the blood was not the dogs own. Both were completely fine with me manipulating their bodies and mouths to check for wounds on their selves. No aggression whatsoever. I made sure the owner saw the blood on the dogs and saw the goat. Otherwise there may very well have been: "not MY dog" issues.  

Thank you for the wealth of free information you provide on your sight. I plan on purchasing some DVDs from you guys when I get back from deployment.  


Dear Ed and Cindy,

I just wanted to thank you for all your hard work. We started groundwork with our two terriers July 5th. We still have a long ways to go but there have been some major changes. This last one is so striking I just have to write about how much your approach works! 

The older one, 6 year old American Hairless Terrier, was always terrified of storms. Finally we just allowed him to jump in the tub because that's where he wanted to be and we were sick and tired of fighting him over it. After starting groundwork we would cover his crate with a blanket and that would quiet him down. This last Thursday night, two months and ten days after beginning with groundwork, there was a storm. My husband and I usually sleep right through storms but this one was so loud it woke us up. As we are lying in bed we started to worry about the dog. We could not hear anything. We thought something was really wrong with him. Well, something was different- he slept right through the storm!!! We could not believe it. We did not train it, I believe that by applying correct leadership he stopped being afraid of storms. 

Again, that you so much for all you do. 


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