Training your dog is a self-revealing process.
Is there frequent eye contact? Is there any? Can your dog get approval or correction by looking into your eyes? Does he seek it? Does he give you space or does he lean and bump into you, cut you off, rush past you or block your path? Is he attentive when you speak to him? Is he working for a treat, or to avoid a correction, or is he working with you? Are you paying attention to these things?
The honest, self-reflective answers to those questions tell you the truth about your relationship with your dog.
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.