Doesn't she know when she tugs and strains and pulls on the leash it just makes me shorten the leash and give her less freedom?
She insists on stopping to sniff. She insists on going the other way. She insists on being in charge of our walk.
The insisting is what I react to.
The more you insist, and the more independent you are, the less freedom you get
On other occasions she pauses and looks up at me and I know she's asking to slow down or go this way. I don't mind that. I kind of like it. She respects me and knows she needs my permission. That's good. Makes me feel close to her. Often my reaction is, "Sure, friend, we can go that way . . ."
But bullheadedness and independence--as if it doesn't matter what I want--I hate that. I fight her over that. I'll bet she thinks I'm unreasonable and against her.
It's amazing how much freedom I give her when I can trust her to stick with me and respect my will.
Does God ever seem unreasonable and against you?
Maybe you’re getting the short leash.