Let’s think about this a minute. You know that when you give in to your kids to take them to McDonald’s or to let them stay up late is bad. You do these things because you may be too busy to “deal with the NO” right now. You also understand that they will probably be demanding something again real soon and you will be faced with the same situation again. You also know that, as a parent, you are not doing the right thing.
So, my question is this. What is different between giving in to your kids and assuming continued bad behavior and giving in to your dog and assuming nothing less than continued bad behavior? The answer is simple. There is no difference.
We are not going to deal with your kids, because they are too complicated. But, we can easily explain what the consequences are when dealing with your dog. We can also easily explain why your action, or inaction, causes those bad behaviors.
Dogs, like us, are social animals. In any society there is “the group” and “the leader”. The leader helps direct the group to the safe place, the place with the food, the place with the fun, etc. It is important that you understand what are the roles, characteristics, and benefits of being the leader versus being one of the group. You will learn how these actions impact your placement in the group and how that relates to your dog’s behavior towards you.
Robin and I have a great article titled “Does Giving In To My Dog Create Bad Behavior” that clearly explains what is going on and how you can correct it. Trust me, you will be happy you took a look at this article.