Obviously a Newbie - and quite frankly - very excited about it. A little info - I have a 10 month old Choc Lab (Kodi) and a 3 month old French Bulldog mix (Max). I took the pups in to see the vet last week. Well, I was a little overwhelmed. I know Kodi can get anxious so I had him in the corner of the room with me trying to keep him calm and cool. The vet was trying to check him and she decided to get some help from an assistant. Basically, she took me out of the equation - AND KODI WAS AWESOME. She asked me if I noticed his demeanor change - and I did. She then explained to me how my being anxious that he was going to be anxious only MADE him anxious and intensified by 10. Basically, Kodi picked up that I was anxious - he interprets "if she's anxious I should REALLY be anxious". Very politely the Vet told me I might be a great mom but not exactly the best dog :msnsad: This started my search on how DOGS worked. I read a few things that made perfect sense and I read a few things that made me cringe. I don't want to dominate my dog(s) I want my dog(s) to respect me. That is how I ended up here. Honestly, I feel quite dumb. I've been TAKING CARE of the dog(s) I haven't been interacting with them. I'd feed them, I'd cuddle them, I'd tell them good boy, I'd brush them, I'd take them outside to go potty and I'd take them for walks. But, I wasn't doing anything with them. Finding this site made me realize - MY DOGS ARE BORED OFF THEIR HIND ENDS. I wouldn't be surprised if some of you might be saying OMG what a twit. Trust me I wouldn't take any offense. The Vet really woke me up. And I am very excited to actually get involved.