“Remember in school the teachers that were really soft-spoken and unassertive? None of your classmates really took them seriously, you probably didn’t either. I remember those types of teachers struggling to take control of the class and never actually gaining full respect of the students. The teachers that were firm, direct, animated and engaging we’re the ones you respected. You were likely never late to their classes either.
You are absolutely your dog’s teacher whether you signed up for the role or not. A dog cannot feel safe when the one calling the shots has too gentle of a demeanor about them. You don’t have to be “dominant” to help your dog, you just have to act self-assured and handle yourself like you’ve got a plan. Even fake it till you make it can work wonders. If this does not come naturally to you, please seek help from a professional that can boost your confidence when it comes to dog handling. Handling is far more important than training in ALL contexts. If you’re a confident, engaging handler, you are sure to help your dog through any situation that they may struggle with. Training will be the icing on the cake.“