When considering your dog relationship, how do you view yourself in the relationship with your dog? Are you an owner? Or, in your dog relationship, are you your dog’s partner?
“What’s the difference?” you ask.
Often times, being a dog owner can mean getting a dog to satisfy your own needs – usually love and affection. Some get dogs for the kids thinking it’s important for the kids to grow up with a dog. Some dogs are given as a gift. In these scenarios, dogs can be over-loved and over-nurtured or the opposite – a novelty at first then looked at as a burden or chore. In either extreme, the basic physical and psychological needs of the dog are not being met and the core relationship needs of the dog are never fulfilled. Dog behavior problems are more prone to develop.