So many times, we have heard our friends and neighbors say that their dog is great because they taught them to come, sit, and stay. They think that they are now in charge and everything is wonderful. They don’t understand why their dog doesn’t listen to them much of the time and still bark at the windows and jump on them and their friends.
Remember the 80’s and early 90’s sitcom called “Who’s the Boss?” Many of us (who are old enough) watched it and laughed at all the funny problems they seemed to encounter. Part of the plot line was that each character often felt that “they were the boss”. This would often lead to situations that would cause problems with other family members because, they thought that they were the boss.
We, as humans, found the entire plot line quaint and amusing because we could relate to the “who is the boss” in our own life experiences. That is because determining “the boss” is not often clear cut in our world. Many factors can come into play and the answer can often and rapidly change. So, needless to say, determining “the boss” is important but not critical in our “human world”.
Now we turn to our dog who sits, comes, and stays really well (often if we have a treat), but jumps, barks, and often doesn’t listen. What does he think about “the boss”? Is that important to him? Can his perception of “the boss” cause some of his inappropriate and annoying actions?
Like one of those old “cliffhanger” movie serials; stay tuned because Robin and I have the answer. Not only do we have the answer, we have the solution. We give you no spoiler now, but encourage you to find out by reading our dog training article titled “Who is the Boss? Is That Important to Your Dog?”. Be sure to bring your popcorn and Coca-Cola.