Protecting your dog from physical and emotional harm requires you to be aware, alert, and proactive.
To advocate means to support or promote the interests of another. As a trainer, Im always encouraging my clients to be advocates for their dogs. To me, this means putting the physical and emotional well-being of your dog before your own needs. This includes protecting your dog from injury, from other dogs, and from other people. It also means that you may need to speak up for your dog in a variety of situations; after all, your dog cant speak for herself! Also, being your dogs advocate builds trust between you and your dog. I want my dog to trust that I will only put her into situations that she can comfortably handle.