As dog owners, we shouldn’t act in an overprotective way with our animals. If our pooch wasn’t able to appropriately handle a situation correctly the 1st time, give it another chance. Remember to let your dog try things out on their own.
While commands are more important when a dog is learning a new behavior, it shouldn’t define it. Not overusing commands would allow for a more natural expression of your pet’s personality. Allow Fido to express its curiosity. Commands are a framework, while allowing a dog some latitude in responding is the ‘meat’ of the issue in being instructed to make appropriate independent decisions.
Trust built up between you & your pet dog may have the beginnings in food. That’s just the basis for them to trust you when in a potentially dangerous situation. They trust that once it passes, there’ll be more enjoyable situations for them in the near future.
Being a confident pet owner is modeling to our pets being calm when the dog is interacting with the others. It transmits trust in the dog, & ends up relating the experience as a positive thing. Otherwise, it may very well turn your pooch into the aggressive type, thinking it needs to protect you every time.
That includes not neglecting a pet when when going out to do enjoyable things, by leaving the pup behind. Being confident in doing this involves a continuing habit of socializable training throughout the pet’s life. Like anything in this world, it’s about effort & time put in.
So, it’s not about getting ‘genetically lucky’ when getting a pet. Yes, this is what comes up in most people’s minds. But what they’re actually seeing is about indefatigable dedication. It also involves good modeling from us as the leader of their pack. & hard work (or course).
There’s such a thing as a good dog owner, not such a thing as a ‘good dog’.