Pack Leader Dog Adventures - What’s in a name?

I’ve always liked working outdoors and as a dog owner for 15 years I thought a dog walking business would be perfect for me, I wasn’t wrong. I started Pack Leader Dog Adventures in late 2011 with the sole aim of providing a service that dogs would enjoy and dog owners would find useful. As you will know the dogs get 1.5 hours exercise session with training and stimulation and we try and go somewhere different every day.


The service has changed a lot since I attended a John Rogerson course in 2012 and we do things a lot differently now. Now whenever the dogs are not mooching and exploring, we play, train and generally interact with them so the focus is on us the humans, and not each other or worse other dogs we encounter on the walk. I believe the service we offer is of great benefit to the owner s. We try to send the dogs back better trained than when we took them out. Sometimes this isn’t easy and it isn’t always possible but it is still the aim and I think we achieve it.

This brings me nicely onto the subject of the blog, namely the name of our business.  In modern day dog training circles the term ‘Pack Leader’ comes in for a lot of criticism, some of it very justified mainly because out dated training methods and the use of ‘dominance’ or ‘alpha’ theories that demand  you must be seen as being the top dog to have any kind of successful relationship with you dog.

It’s very much out there now that this is not the case at all and the best way to have a good relationship comes from forming a partnership where you have fun, enjoy your dog and rather than forcing or compelling your dog you motivate him in a way that he wants to do things for you and enjoys being with you. This is our approach and one we advocate to anyone we meet.

The name of our business is Pack Leader Dog Adventures and I think this sums up pretty well what we do. For the adventures the dogs get 1.5 hours exercise which is above the industry standard for walks. We also go to different locations each day, this keeps things interesting for us and the dogs.

I think walking in different locations everyday means the dogs are less likely to become territorial over a location too. The Pack Leader part is pretty easy to explain too, we do group walk so the dogs are out as a pack and we lead the activities. That’s it.

Our good friend Dave Davies describes it as us entertaining the dogs and I like that too. We have a duty to the owners to ensure we are looking after their dogs and keeping them safe and we have a duty to other members of the public to keep our dogs away from them too. There are many ways we do that but a coverall would be to say we do stuff with them that they enjoy doing, and because of that they want to be with us, and they enjoy that more than playing with each other or going off to meet another dog.

Our company motto is ‘Play together, stay together’; if our dogs enjoy playing with us then they will want to be with us and that’s surely what every dog owner wants.

If you would like to learn more about how to 'Play together and Stay together' with your dog then you can download our Ebook here  <<<Give me the Free Dog Training Ebook>>>>



Dom Hodgson and his son Alex have run Pack Leader Dog Adventures, a very popular dog adventure and training business based in Sunderland since November 2011. He loves working in the great outdoors and loves it even more if there are dogs involved! The Pack Leader Dog Adventures Store is their latest extension to the business. Always keen to give advice and try new products to help with the adventure business Dom thought he was in an ideal position to sell and promote the things his and his clients dogs love the most.

Dom can be contacted at and positively welcomes feedback.

Dom Hodgson
Dom Hodgson



Robert Alleyne
Robert Alleyne

November 11, 2014

Glad you never changed the name. Just because one ‘trainer’ misused the term doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be able to use it? It’s time to take the term back.


November 05, 2014

I feel ashamed to say I was put off by the name and was worried he would be a mini " tv celeb" but he was running a scent course that I was interested in so went along and immediately my fears were put behind me as I watched how he interacted with the dogs and dogs don’t lie! A true pack leader.

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