I'm not a fan of dogs... and that's putting it mildly. My family will tell you that dogs have been making me cry since birth. Apparently, I would cry in my crib if a dark barked down the street. In my adulthood, they dont make me cry anymore but I really just dont see the point of them. I dont love the barking, the licking, the smell, the poop, the crotch sniffing... none of it. This is very upseting to my husband, the lover of small yappy dogs.
So we've discovered the magic of Cesar Millan, AKA The Dog Whisperer. The dude is incredible! I'm hooked on his show. He's been teaching me that dogs are not the boss of me; I have to be the "pack leader". I cant let dogs know I'm afraid or uncomfortable. Since we dont have a dog for me to practice with, I've been trying out my pack leader skills on all the dogs in the neighborhood. I get so sick of them barking at me and trying to act all tuff when I'm out walking. So now I ask myself, "What would Cesar do? He would never let this dog intimidate him!" And I point at the dog and give a loud "Shhh". It's not really working... they keep barking, I get goosebumps on my legs and the hair stands up on my arms... but I DO NOT SHOW FEAR! Can I count that as a victory for me?