The dog wasn’t improving. The people were following my suggestions, things should have been better than they were but the dog was still too pushy, too out of control, too much of a handful so I asked them to walk me through the dog’s day. When we entered the family room I saw a problem. The dog bed was right under the TV.
Why was this a problem?
Because like us, dogs are social mammals and in social mammals giving an individual a lot of attention tends to promote them whether they are a dog or a child or a student acting out in class. In that location, the entire family stared “at” the dog for hours every day. That kind of attention could confuse anyone. It confused him.
I moved the dog bed to the corner next to the couch where no one ever looked and taught him to lie there.
Things started to improve as they should have been and I learned a lesson: Dog bed placement matters.
If you have a question about how dog bed placement could help your dog calm down or grow more confident, be more relaxed around your kids or calmer around guests just ask me. I am delighted to help!