Tough Love is setting your dogs expectations and holding him to that no matter how cute he is or how easy it is to let him get away with it.
You need to look at your dog and think about what kind of behavior you want from him for the remainder of his life with you. This is how you get the kind of dog that you want. Don’t wait for a problem to occur before you think about the appropriate behavior that you want.
Let’s look at some examples:
So you see, Tough Love is not about having a strong hand, a loud, deep voice or a large presence. It’s about not giving in on behaviors that you find unacceptable just because it’s easier or because you want your dog to “love” you.
Having Tough Love now will help set the foundation of a good solid relationship with your dog where you have expectations, he understands them and the path to communication is a clear one. Please understand that having Tough Love doesn’t mean you can’t “spoil” your dog. It just means that he needs to understand where it is coming from.
If you have a problem with Tough Love, email me or give me a call and I’ll be happy to toughen you up a little.