This is so true! We have an English Cocker Spaniel and he is very stubborn. He went through dog training and did well. He eats at 11:30am and goes out around 3pm (he's almost 2 years old) then then again around 6pm and 9pm before retiring. But he is so focused on playing ball that he doesn't hear nor pay any attention to anything not even answering his name when called. So around 6am he makes it his business to go to the bathroom in his crate because he knows that someone will clean it up.
We were feeding him later in the day and it got worse so we went back to 11:30am with bathroom breaks as usual. Now he after knowing the my husband won't be playing ball all the break times seems to get the message. No bathroom in the house and in his crate and now he is being tested to sleep outside of his crate at night but not on the carpet because he thinks the carpet his 'grass' and uses it as his bathroom. So no treats in between breaks and he knows what he has to do but no knows that neither myself nor his father is putting up with his nonsense. He is extremely intelligent for his breed but he looks at us and play the cards when he wants to get his way. It's true he resorts to being a "child" when it suits him and he wants to get his way. Well now my husband doesn't feed his ego and he seems to calm down and get his little butt on program if he wants the attention from us that he wants. I am the controller and my husband is the okay guy who used to let him get his way. As of last week that whole initiative has changed. He sees that my husband isn't playing into his little 'doggie game' so now he knows that to gain affection from either of us he needs to get into his little "doggie head" that he is the family pet and not the baby. You may need to reassess the situation with your dog to see if your pet hasn't found a way to get you to do what he wants you to do and not the other way around.View Thread