The Lily Pad

Border guard

A further scenario usually depends on the dog's physical ability: the bigger and stronger she is, the more likely that owners will be forced to send her to any shelter. The number of such "refuseniks", which the owners have left, because they were not able to manage them is unfortunately very large. As working dogs, this "refusers" do not deserve a good word though, at least because at the young age they have suffered the strongest social stress: first, achieved supremacy in the pack, and then were expelled.

If the sizes are small, the dog owners suffer from her tyranny, often sincerely believing that the dog is nervous, and that such behavior is actually normal. Both sides are suffering here. The young dog is carrying an impossible mission of managing the whole family, the owners somehow are trying to adapt to the restive animal, to reduce the severity of conflicts, indulging all the vagaries of their pet. It is not possible to talk about any kind of a healthy communication here or about any kind of controlled behavior. The owners can not rely on the dog in any way and her actions seem completely unpredictable to them.

There is a system of bans, understandable to the dog. The senior partner is deciding what the tandem is going to do, while not regulating every step and every breath. Much time it dedicated to communication, games, joint walks. The dog feels confident, studying becomes easier because the animal learns, relying on the experience of the owner and willing to imitate him. For the proper healthy communication and for the training the dog's role of loyal ally, is the most convenient. The dog in this case is absolutely reliable. Also it is easy to adjust her relations with the other family members . It's enough for the dog to see her owner's example: the loyal ally will take the members of the family exactly the way, his owner is taking them.