Ideally, it's a wonderful time to bond with your furry partner, and most experts have agreed that time spent walking your dog is the single best activity to increase that perfect dog/person, union! I too have to agree with the statement.
In my own history with, many dogs, I have noticed a rather pronounced difference in the relationship that the walker(s), and the (non-walking) family members, have with the resident dog(s)! People that know me, ask me if my relationships with the family dog, only has to do with the fact that "this is what you do"! In a sense, their obviously is some relationship to my professional experience. When I am with my own pups, I naturally put myself in a teaching position! If I didn't, I would be going against nature. I am truly in love with animals, and naturally want to know anything possible to gain the knowledge necessary to make the best possible relationship happen. Only sometimes, I have found this to be a little counter productive when it comes to harmony in a home, and has on occasion, even surfaced in my own family dynamics as well! Has this happened to any of you? Let me know if this is a familiar theme in your own family as well? Or ever has been!
My advice to those of you that have ever felt threatened by this perception as a snub by Fido, might just be something as simple as to come for the walk, too! There is room for everybody! Your pup only needs to have you there. But, to make an even better showing, then share the leash duties, as well! This is how you too, get a chance to gain respect. Whenever you spend this kind of personal sharing time with the pooch, you will tend to take on the role of instructor, teacher, master, and most importantly, authority figure! This authority, in turn, will gain points in the eye of the pet. Yes, when you take on the role of a leader (and there is room for more than one), your dog will now see you as a figure of strength, and, his leader as well! Dogs want that, and crave that! Their world is not so complicated, and they don't wish to do all of the thinking.
Empower yourself in the eyes of your pup! If you are not a walker, then take time to teach your furry kid, a new trick! Just the two of you! The important thing is to show yourself as their leader, and they will respect you, and love you as well! Be strong: be consistent!