Dog training has been a subject at our house for the past several weeks. Actually - it is that we cannot seem to get our dog trained that is the real issue! Me - being a "rules" girl watched an episode of the "Dog Whisperer" before we got our pup and now I'm trying to implement his teachings. Our teenage son is not so easily swayed! He thinks I'm pretty goofy when I try to use some of the techniques I've seen. My husband agrees to some extent but he also thinks I'm a little goofy when I try to use them! I would love to see Cesar Millan (the Dog Whisperer) in action. His show is amazing. I don't know if he is actually able to work with dogs as quickly as the show indicates, but there are some time frames given occasionally and it is really amazing! Dogs respond to his attitude and his instructions (mostly non-verbal).
Our Australian Shepherd is better about going outside for the bathroom but we do not have time to get him exercised like he needs. This breed is a high energy breed to begin with and when they are contained for long periods of time, they get very unruly and difficult to handle. We are working on getting him exercised and spending time with him so he understands who is the "Leader of the Pack". It takes time and energy - both of which seem to be in short supply in our household.
Just trying to train him makes me realize how much like Duke I am in relation to God. He wants me to understand that He is in control, He has my best interests in mind, and He has good things for me when I follow Him. But just like Duke, I think I'm the leader, my way is best and what I want is most important! Maybe it's not Duke that needs the training - maybe it's me!