Being calm and assertive allows you to communicate clearly and to take immediate action to correct any problems. Such action usually requires physical interaction and movement, persistence and consistency.
The failure to immediately take action (procrastination) often causes building frustration. Frustration can lead to abuse - both ways. Be calm and assertive and take immediate action as necessary.
Who you are to your dog is everything ...
Much of 'modern' popular dog behavioral training seems to be focused on changing, redirecting or struggling to understand why dogs develop behavior issues, and treating the symptoms of those issues. In my opinion, far too much of the emphasis is then placed on changing the dog and not enough on changing the way the human owner relates to and behaves around the dog. In my experience, the most common behavioral issues tend to be created or exacerbated by the humans' input or lack thereof. For better or worse. The posts in this blog share my views on the human-dog relationship and how to effect it in a way that creates balance, calmness, fulfillment and obedience.