September 10, 2009
You must be the captain of your team. As the captain, you need to organize your dog’s space and activities. She needs to know what she is supposed to do with herself in every situation, from where to go to the bathroom and what to chew to how to compose herself during the dinner hour and while you’re entertaining company. Take a minute to think back to a team captain or coach that you admired. Now be that sort of leader for you dog. Come to your dog with a plan, communicate it consistently (i.e. where to go and what to do in all situations), and have patience for times when your dog is confused or acting up. Nobody’s perfect: You’re the captain so it’s your job to teach and stay cool!