A dog is Canis lupus familiaris, not Homo sapiens bambino.
Accepting a dog for what it is, is the cornerstone of having a correct relationship.
Dogs drink from puddles, bark routinely, bite on occasion, and turn around three times before they curl up in the grass.
You cannot warn a dog about consequences, or explain to them why you are taking away their allowance. A dog does not have morality, does not believe in heaven, and does not fear hell.
Dogs consider it normal to roll in animal feces and to eat them too. They greet each other by sniffing each other’s butts, and they often drink from toilets because they do not have hands to turn on a tap.
Many dogs have strong prey drives, and some will kill your neighbor's cat as quick as you can say "Bob's your uncle."
In short, your dog is not your “fur baby.”
Do not deny the nature of a dog or its particular needs, any more than you would a tiger or a hummingbird.
And yet, look around. So many people insist on treating dogs as children. What’s going on here?
Most of the time, it’s a classic case of displacement -- a childless woman, gay man, or senior citizen transferring maternal or paternal needs to a dog.
To be clear, there is nothing wrong with treating a dog well, or even doting on it, provided that the dog is not allowed to run riot and basic discipline is imposed.
That said, it’s important to realize dogs do not see the world the way we do. What an owner sees as an act of beneficence, a dog is likely to see as weakness to be exploited.
The bottom line is that a dog’s owner must set the rules, establish the routines, and decide what behaviors are permitted and which are not.
And yes, this means the dog must be subordinate to you.
It’s not a question of being mean or not caring. Quite the opposite. It’s a question of providing the dog with the clarity it needs to know it is not an equal in the household.
A dog is a dog, and a dog is less than the owner, less than the spouse, less than a child, and less than any human guest.
If there is any question about this in the mind of either you or the dog, the basis for a less-than-satisfactory relationship is set..