Politics And Leadership: What Dogs Teach

Politics And Leadership: What Dogs Teach

Making decisions is an absolute foundation for leaders. But your decisions must also be followed by concrete actions.

The concrete result of an actively made decision is the implemented action. If, on the other hand, no action follows your decision, it just remains with an idea or a thought construct. You remain passive and you give up your creative possibilities.

Bear in mind that with mostly passive decisions for your dog, you will become anything but a reliable and confident leader. You have to take action.

Clarity in communication as a leader and a dog owner

Communication always takes place, for example, as soon as two people even perceive each other. The same applies to communication between you and your dog. And since communication is part of behavior, your behavior and communication will always affect your dog and vice versa.

This means that your actions, your facial expressions and gestures, but also your inaction or ignoring are always part of messages to and for your dog.

Reflectivity as a leader

A leader has learned to reflect on himself and also to be reflected by others. Reflecting does not mean doing what you think you have to do to please others. It means examining your own decisions and actions and thinking about why you have mastered certain situations successfully but not others.

It doesn’t matter if you make mistakes, because all people make them. However, it is not effective if you make the same mistakes over and over again and wonder why you keep banging your head against the wall. It is not for nothing that they say; you can learn from mistakes.


Reliability & predictability

Another characteristic of good leadership qualities are reliability and predictability.

For your dog, reliability and predictability relate both to a consistent formal framework and to a social and emotional framework.


As a leader, you should always be fair to other people.  As a dog owner, treating your dog fairly does not just mean setting up sensible rules, enforcing them and reliably teaching your dog what you expect from him.

Fairness also means seeing your dog as a dog with its needs, personality and characteristics. You are giving your dogs opportunities to develop their canine and breed-related characteristics in a controlled manner.

Fairness towards your dog also means that you teach him all your obligatory verbal commands so cleanly, in small steps and precisely that he can later execute them without errors. How well your dog can recall these courses of action afterwards has, like so many things in life, to do with your time, accuracy, patience and consistency in politics.