Distancing himself after training....
Ok, so had his first ''Training class'' last night. The trainer came to our home to asses his behavior and get to know him a little before we worked on a few things inside before a walk.
He's 4, And apparently he's above my wife in the pack order, but not myself (YET - She said he seemed confused about his place)
He practiced waiting whilst we put his colar/lead on and off until he could do it patiently without jumping around exited and dragging us to the door, then he practiced waiting for us to open a door and walk through it without pushing past us to the door.
After that we showed her how, If we're sitting on the sofa he will want to be there, in our faces crying for attention, to be up in between us and so on, she advised if we don't want him there, just gently push him away and tell him no, so we done this a few times and he sort of got the hang of it.
Since then we've started establishing what should apparently be ground rules;
He sleeps by me on the bed - no longer allowed?
If he comes up to the sofa - Don't let him?
If he comes for attention - Send him away?
Now, I think those are all things that should be OK - but on my terms?
He's now decided he wants to stay out of our way, doesn't want attention and will shy off when we approach him?? doesn't seem good?!
If I ask him onto the bed, The sofa or if he comes for a stroke, Surely thats fine?
I feel like I'm being asked not to love my dog to correct his behaviour problems? Is it right to question when I give my dog attention?
some honest suggestions please?