Dog obedience training can be so challenging (as challenging as the owner drags it out to be).
For a few years now, we've been dealing with two major behavior issues with Pellet and Cali:
1. excessive barking when outside
2. being all up in people's business when we are sitting at the table, or watching TV, or sitting outside carrying on conversations.
Norm and I have finally decided to take control of these situations and correct the behaviors (which, if we would've just stuck with obedience training while they were puppies, this process would probably not require correction because it would not be existant).
The hardest part for me of obedience training is realizing and coming to terms with the fact that Norm and I have full control of our dog's behavior. We need to be disciplined. We need to keep a strong determination to make this happen. We need to be consistant day in and day out with our actions and what words we use and how we correct the dogs. And overall, we need to maintain a positive attitude and not get discouraged.
It is so much easier to tune off their barking, or pet them when they rest their sweet heads on our laps while we are eating dinner, but the truth is that this is quite annoying - specially to our dear family and friends.
So with that attitude and determination, we embark in the lovely journey of correcting bad dog behavior. We have our techniques down to correct both problems - thanks to BarkingDogs.net for straight forward fixes for correcting issue #1 and a bigger thanks to Kerrie and Eric for setting an awesome example on how to correct issue #2.