To paraphrase Charlie Sheen... "Duh, Yes!"
We always try to reinforce the idea that in order to have your dog learn, you must first establish a calm and consistent environment. This will allow your dog have the opportunity to provide focus and allows you to have the opportunity to command that focus. Your ability to show a passive, assertive nature towards your dog will naturally have him drawn towards you as the one telling him what to do next.
- As a family, you (and I mean all of you) must have a family meeting to discuss how you want your dog to act. Make a list of rules that you will all agree is correct and you all will agree to enforce. If you feel that a rule might be too hard for everyone to enforce, change it before you begin.
- Review each rule and discuss how each family member will enforce that rule. It might be that a sibling just might not engage in a particular act that encourages the inappropriate action.
- Every family member must agree to their tasks and the results they wish to accomplish. This is not only for them, but for the greater good of the entire family.
- Have every member of the family work with your dog on a daily basis on one or more of the issues your family has identified. Have them work in teams so that they can make sure that they stay consistent.