Our one-year-old puppy already runs the house -- commanding attention in any situation. If he wants to be held, he won't stop "talking" to you until he gets his way. And darn it if he isn't so gosh darn cute when he does it! Is this normal for a dog to overtake our lives like this? -- Trenika in Tampa
It might help to take note of our canine columnist Creak's perspective on his "Two-Legged Pets" -- he certainly sees himself as the preeminent member of his household and would probably argue your pup hasn't trained you well enough if he still must "talk" to get you to cater to his needs.
I personally feel there's nothing wrong with loving your family, friends and pets unconditionally. Too often, we go without any of this delirious happiness.
If boundaries must be set, seek out and contact a local dog training school. Even if you're not interested in the "sit" and "fetch" commands, the trainers can still help you to better communicate with the lil' pooch (like when to talk to him on his level and when not to).-- M
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