172: What’s most important to you? Obedience or a Relationship With Your Dog?

Does having an obedient dog make for a good owner-pet relationship? Or is a good relationship instead the prerequisite for an obedient dog? Julie Fudge Smith and Tina Spring discuss the importance of an owner-dog relationship rooted in trust and understanding and how that ultimately leads to a more positive training experience, and a happier, better-behaved pup.


Andrew Hale: Interview with him about the emotional connection we have with dogs, and Facebook post with Andrew Hale


Dr Patricia McConnell on Trauma in Dogs (Dr. McConnell’s Book: The Education of Will)

Other Resources:

Suzanne Clothier’s book: Bones Would Rain From the Sky