As a dog trainer who specializes in aggressive, reactive, fearful, and overall “hoods” of dogs, the attitude of which you carry yourself is of the utmost importance. Not just your composure with the dog, which is obviously important, but your overall attitude with their owners will always dictate how successful they will be with their companions. When I work with a client, one thing is always in the forefront of my mind. And that is, “These people are paying me to help their family.” No, I am not so naive to believe that dogs are children, or humans at all. In fact its hard to find something that irritates me as much as people treating their dogs like kids. And the term fur-babies makes me want to slap someone. But, those facts aside, dogs are a part of our families. And when I work with someone I keep this thought present in my attitude and actions.