Parker is a bright and capable dog with an overwhelming amount of confidence. He is friendly with both people and animals and enjoys outings and quiet time with the family. He initially had some anxiety about being by himself and would cry and fuss when left alone, he was also obstinate about doing tasks that are assigned to him unless someone was there to supervise at all times. Without a leash on he knew that he was fast enough to get away with anything and then evade capture. He also did not listen when people were talking so issuing commands was an exercise in futility.
I discovered, after having Parker for a few days that he had a tremendous amount of confidence in himself, but held neither respect, or trust for people. With dogs, respect can only be gained by dominance, but dominance does not mean violence and like most dogs Parker had failed to find a confident and fair leader in his household.
This was not a lack of confidence in his owners however (who are happy and confident people) but a breakdown in communication. They were not being dominant in the ways that Parker understood and expected and they were offering too little in the way of guidance and correction. Dogs need both the love of a caring family and the rules of a confident leader. We all understand that a child without any authority can end up making bad decisions. Puppies are no different, any dog old enough to do something inappropriate is old enough to be corrected so long as the communication is clear.
Parker is now able to accompany his owner anywhere. He rides in a purse or walks on a leash like a gentleman, he is still a happy and confident dog but now he thinks about his family first and his own desires second. He is succeeding in the transition from puppyhood to adulthood and every day he grows into a more perfect dog. He now eats dry dog kibble on his own schedule and no longer has to have complicated dinners fixed every night. His owners give him treats when and how they decide not as a trick to try to get him to eat healthy food. He is happy to sleep by himself in his own bed and will stay where he is asked whether it be in his owners lap, in his bed, or in a carry bag. He has a fuller, more balanced life than before and his relationship with his family has grown in the same way. He is in my opinion one of my most successful dogs because of the great joy that he brings to his owners.