Your dog is happy and relaxed when she feels safe and secure. Safety is more than a fenced yard and leashed walks. She must feel that her family (pack) is strong and will provide the needs of survival. If she feels that this leadership is missing, she will stress and make up her own rules.
So, how do we achieve this sense of security so our dogs trust our decisions and heed our requests?
How do we make sure they trust us enough and understand us to do whatever it takes to follow our rules?