Bollywood, my main furry dude, patiently waiting for me to limp down the stairs so we could play a lil fetch this afternoon. I'm frustrated that I can't spend more physical time with my dogs, but I still stick to structure. -For those of you just tuning in, I have a hip problem (hence my limp), and I struggle daily with chronic pain. I intentionally resist my urge to apologetically shower affection on my dogs because a major component of successful, awesome dog ownership is sacrificing my human emotional needs. Instead, I give my dogs what they actually need, structure (place command, regular reinforcement of all obedience commands), routine (feeding, walks, & potty breaks), enrichment (fetch, tug, affection, off leash freedom, and/or sharing one-on-one time). You'll notice Bollywood isn't wearing any training equipment in this picture. He is completely reliable in my house without his ecollar on. We have worked on our relationship everyday since I invited him into my life at the age of 10 months. My main priority is providing my dogs with a calm, predictable, safe, environment. Why??? This all sounds so boring!? Because I want calm, predictable, safe behavior from my dogs. You will get what you give your dogs. You give that anxious, apologetic, overly emotional energy, and your dog responds with anxious behaviors like pacing around your home, barking at the door, jumping on guests, lunging and barking at other dogs on leash etc... Balanced dogs don't just create, encourage, and train themselves. If you're reading this and you're looking for some kind of miracle solution to your naughty dog's behavior, it doesn't exist. To improve your dog's behavior, you have to set aside your emotional wants and needs, and instead follow a life of structure. Think about the situation logically. Is what you're currently doing with your dog improving his/her behavior?