It’s surprising that dogs are known as “man’s best friend”, in spite of all we do to drive them crazy. Consider the following eight things humans do that might cause dogs to rebel to against their owners someday:
2Not Enforcing Rules and Providing Structure
A dog not only needs guidelines, it wants them. Obeying rules might sound like a terrible life for a human, but for a dog, it’s paradise. Rules and guidelines give the dog meaning. It teaches them what’s right and wrong, and makes them more evolved. A life without rules makes a dog confused and stressed out.
That being said, stick to the rules you impose on the dog. Making exceptions to rules is only going to baffle and frustrate the animal. How are they supposed to know that they’re allowed to pounce on you when you have sweats on, but not when you’re wearing a suit? Can you blame them for not knowing that it’s okay to lie on the bed after a shower, but not after they’ve rolled around in the mud?
A dog is most happy when they know what their boundaries and limits are. When you reward the dog for respecting boundaries, you’re establishing a structure they can flourish and prosper in.