Robin and I often run into the situation where one member of a family really wants a dog and most of the other family members either don’t like dogs or really just don’t want to get involved with the “dog training process”.
When you get a dog, you are adding a family member. As a family member, your dog believes that there are rules and actions that he and everyone else will obey and follow. This is a natural instinct because his concept of “family” originates in the canine pack relationship. All the pack members have the same roles and responsibilities that they must follow in order to keep the pack and all the pack members safe.
Dog training is as much relationship building as it is “come, sit, stay”. In order to build a proper relationship, there must be interaction. In your dog’s mind, interactions must follow a specific process that is strengthened and confirmed over time.
When there is only one human “in class” with your dog, that relationship can not be established with the “missing students”. Robin and I have a great dog training article that can resolve this problem titled “Should the Entire Family Participate in Training Our Dog”.