As dog trainers, we often run into the situation where most of the family knows that they have to train their dog and really want to get on the program. But, there is often one “hold out” that, for some reason, just doesn’t want to take the time to train their dog, doesn’t think there is a problem, or just doesn’t care.
In cases like this, we can still help the family and the dog to create a long and lasting relationship of trust and love. We simply have to appropriately define the roles and responsibilities of the individual family members. The most important dog training technique we use is to clearly define leaders and members. The leaders lead and the members follow. Guess what, that one family member who didn’t want to get with the program, like the family dog, is a “follower”.