When you come home, is your dog in your face and all over you? If that’s the case, then that should give you a clue that your dog doesn’t respect your personal space. In fact, he owns your personal space, doesn’t he? You know what I’m talking about.
If You Don’t, Let Me Explain
Think of your personal space as your comfort zone within a space with other people. If that other person is a stranger alone with you on an elevator, you may decide to make your comfort zone bigger by creating more personal space between the two of you so he’s not so “in your face.”
Dogs and Personal Space
Your personal space is valuable real estate. Your dog does know that about his personal space. In fact, your dog constantly uses personal space as a way to value and rate his relationship with you.
Here’s How He Does That
If your dog can get into your personal space – meaning he can jump on you and get in your lap on top of you anytime he wants without being asked, then the implication is you can’t control your personal space. Then your personal space now becomes his personal space.
It’s like a game of Monopoly and he’s cleaning up on all the personal space. He’s got Boardwalk, Park Place and everything.
It’s his real estate now. It no longer belongs to you. Your dog has foreclosed on your personal space and taken ownership.
This is where you slip from leader status to “property of your dog”.
This is where many dog behavior problems start.
Do you see a pattern developing here with your dog? Have you gone overboard with allowances? No structure with rules, boundaries or expectations certainly sets the stage for “DOG RULES.”
That’s just a phrase I made up here on the spot to try and get you to snap out of it so that you see the error of your ways!
Not to Worry
This is the part where you think I’m going to say, “Take back your real estate from your dog!” You may be interpreting that as “don’t let your dog in your lap any more.” Am I right?
Don’t worry. All is not lost. And, as a matter of fact, you can have your cake and eat it too.
Just make him knock before coming in “so to speak.” In trainer lingo that would be sit before jumping on the couch and into your lap. A little obedience training daily wouldn’t hurt.
As usual, all good things should be practiced “in moderation” just to be fair. The interesting thing is, your dog will understand and appreciate this requirement.
All dogs, but especially the trouble makers, should spend as much time on the floor as they spend on the couch with you.
Read That Again!
Use the leash if necessary to keep them settled down next to your foot until they learn to stay off automatically.
Happy campers are well balanced and obedient dogs, content with their new owner rules. Is your dog a happy camper?
Remember: “Together, We Can Raise a Happy and Obedient Dog”
Jim Burwell, is Houston’s most respected dog trainer for 25+ years, serving over 10,000 clients. Jim takes the science of dog training and shows you how to make it work with your family and dog. He gives you the ability to get the same great behavior from your dog.