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Assuming the leadership
If you want to avoid these problems, it is up to you to ensure that your dog never thinks they can have their own way all the time.
Simply show them that you are the leader and they must follow some simple rules - behave and they get what they want, misbehave and they miss out on some privileges, never use any punishment.
A nice earner
Beds and furniture should never be a place that a dog can call their own. They can use and share them but if your dog doesn't like moving from the bed, settee or anywhere else it may be best, not to let them on it. If this becomes a problem then see the page on possessive dogs for some help on how to get them off.
Becoming the leader
Never give them scraps straight from the table, no matter how hard they beg or how cute they look! You will only encourage them to beg and at some time that may become inconvenient.
Going for a walk is much the same as feeding. They must sit still while you put on their collar and must not push past you in the doorway. If they do, see our page on over-excitable dogs for some help.Be sure not to give in - if you do, your dog will always find your weaknesses and play on them.
We the undersigned, demand...
Dogs can be very sneaky in demanding attention, they will sit on your feet, push against you, sit on your lap and generally sneak up on you - never let them do it.
If a dog tries to force their attentions on you, just totally ignore them, and don't let them touch you. If necessary move away, but don't let them demand attention from you.
If you have a big problem then please see the page on separation problems. When they have left you alone for 3 to 5 minutes, invite them over for the attention they want, as they have earned it by leaving you alone when you told them to.
Finally, as leader, your dog will rely on you for support. Be consistent in the way you treat them and let them understand that you are a decisive but kind and considerate leader.
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