"My dogs appear devoted to me because I throw a mean Frisbee and have opposable thumbs that open cans. Not to say we don't have a bond. We are both bonding species. But they don't worship me. I'm not sure they have a concept of worship. Their love is also not grounds for doing whatever I say. It is, in fact, irrelevant to training. To control their behavior, I must constantly manipulate the consequences of their actions and the order and intensity of important stimuli. Interestingly, some of the most sophisticated training jobs are done where no love and little bond is present. This is not to say that training is not one of the best ways around to foster a bond. It is. But it's not a prerequisite of training."
- Jean Donaldson
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, CTDI