I have started taking a close look at pack structure since last year and applied techniques and methods from the books I've read on my two dogs. It still hasn't failed to astonish me how important it is and how peaple take it for granted. I'll enumerate a couple of things I found out:
1) The end result is total complete control of a happy confident dog.
2) The process is achievable but not easy like you see in so many TV shows.
3) I found out that you not only control your actions but most of all your emotions. Dogs communicate through "auras" and people project an emotional aura. This is foreign to the dog.
4) When you do this it also changes you as a person.
I walk my dogs every day In a park where a lot of dog owners walk their dogs. I try to look for a human pack leader. Until now, I've only seen two human pack leaders that will fit one of the criterias - the dog does not pull on his lead and walks beside or behind the pack leader. That will be two out of possibly 100 people or more. That is 3% (including me) in our area.
Considering all behavioral problems in dogs are pack-related, this figure clearly states something needs to be done about this issue.
Does your dog jump at you when you greet it coming home from work?
Does it walk in front of you during walks?
Does the dog obey a learned command 100% of the time?
Is it not calm and submissive in your presence? Too excited? Fearful?
If any of these questions has a "yes" for an answer, you are not a pack leader.