Returning home from a board and train

by Steph Mahrle

Often, dog owners are fixated on when they can show their dog affection upon their dog's return from a board and train program. I recommend fixating on when you can show your dog leadership. Prioritize implementing the dog's training plan. Lead your dog, and your dog will follow you. Providing leadership will build your dog's confidence in you as their leader. After you have taken the time to demonstrate you are your dog's leader, then you can provide your dog with well earned affection. Giving affection first, without leadership, will put you back into the same unbalanced relationship that lead you to seek out professional dog training in the first place.