How can you be a good leader to your dog? The first step is to learn NILIF – Nothing in Life is Free. That means that everything that your dog values – treats, affection, going on a walk, going through the door, and more cool things that dogs live for – must be earned.
For example, does your dog dance around and jump on you when you get home? Perhaps as a puppy, that was cute. Now as an adult, not so much. But you love your dog so you reward him with affection. This reinforces the behavior even though you wish he wouldn’t do that. But you don’t want him to think you don’t like him. Now, what if you didn’t give him affection UNTIL he got all four paws on the floor, or sat in front of you. NOW you praise him! Now he learns that you control the reward, that he has to earn it. Your dog will respect you more for it, and will see you as his leader. This is a great step in building a better relationship and bond with your dog!
What does your dog get for free from you today?