Your dog is training you.

Your dog is training you!

I hear that a lot. Mainly at competitions when I do not just lock Shellbe up in her crate (she prefers to hang out with me) but spend most of the time with her. Or if I walk them and I let them sniff, or they come up for a cuddle and I pat them.
Guess what. I could not care less. In a successful relationship it goes both ways.
I do train them and we are doing well, they train me, I am doing pretty well, too.
We have to stop thinking that they want to take over the household or the world and finally call it quits with this old fashioned approach of dominance and pack leadership.
And remember, most important things in life are free.
both cute