KEY POINTS FOR BUILDING A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR DOG
1.) All Good Things Come From YOU, not the
environment. Dogs that get everything for "free" don't feel the need to
comply. Why should they? Teach a few simple behaviors --- and let your dog
know he has to earn things by giving you one of these behaviors, rather than
taking things for himself.
2.) Catch Them Doing Something Right!
The word your dog hears most often should be "yes!", rather than "no!"
People tend to notice when their dogs are doing something undesirable. But
they don't pay attention when the dog is being good. So often the wrong
behaviors get reinforced! Manage your dog's environment so you can keep them
trouble, and set them up to be successful, instead.
In brief: Make yourself the most rewarding thing in your dog's life. When
this isn't possible, manage things so you can prevent your dog from making
the wrong choice!