Obedience is the key to communication between you and your dog. It also lays down the foundation on which to build the understanding of what is acceptable and not acceptable behavior. Dogs function much more naturally in a structured environment. Their instinct is to either lead or follow and if you don’t lead, they will. I think we have all seen situations where the dog runs the show…it’s not pretty. The owner ends up changing their life around to accommodate the dog’s will, many times without even knowing it. Ask those around the owner, they all know it!
Your dog wants to be your friend and companion. It also doesn’t mind being your snugglebuddy or listening ear. This is a creature that has happily given up living with it’s own kind to live with you. Keep in mind that you have your family, friends and work. All your dog has is you. Never forget it! With a little time, persistence and patience you can have a wonderful, loving and fulfilling lifetime with your dog. It all begins with obedience.