For us. And i mean just us, not others. each to their own.
I spent 18 months building drive in my GSD, to do a job he was bred to do. To think independantly of humans. To problem solve alone. To seek me out as the best thing since marrow bones. My dog will disobey me, IF he knows best. And yes, on occasion, he's definitely known best.
eg. 10 days ago: weird behaviour around daughter's b/f: Bernie has a 'your sick' repertoire of behaviours. (overly attentive, licking hand, crying/screaming at person who is sick, and herding me toward sick person. And he was rolling signals out thick and fast. Refused to stay on bed. Kept repeating behaviours and being 'disobedient' 'dominant' 'pushy' etc.
I asked if b/f was ok? listening to my dog. Who was almost screaming at the b/f feet, running back to me, screaming at b/f feet, running back to me.
I did not ignore this, i went and checked out the b/f. On my sofa, with a heat bag with 'tummy ache' as he described. He had a fever and perforated bowel! Was white as a sheet. See, dogs know best sometimes.
why would i, therefore, stop listening/responding/reinforcing to the dogs communication back to me. It seems like ignoring body signals, as i had not asked for them. Go figure?
2 days ago, same behaviour for my daughter in the evening. None of us could work out what was going on for the dog. We gave up. Next day, daughter has laringitis and no voice.
With this frequency of reinforcement to me, i am gonna repeat the driven behaviour, because i believe in my dog knowing things i cannot due to being human.