My dad keeps making hints at me like I'm too restrictive with what I let Buster do. He tries to say it in a nice way but its like he thinks I'm not doing right by Buster. Example. Sorry, I won't let Buster go out of sight when out walking to chase rabbits. Yes, he'd love it but I don't want to be kicking myself when he runs in front of a truck or gets into a paddock and starts attacking lambs or runs into a dog and suddenly we've got a brawl going on because I had my dog offleash. He just doesn't get it. I also don't allow Buster to run up and down the street chasing rabbits, its a dead end street and very quiet but I know it only takes a second and everything could go bad and I just don't want him thinking its okay to shoot out of the yard and chase stuff. I want it enforced that not one foot goes over that fenceline until I say so. He knows I'm taking him to a behaviourist in a few months and keeps telling me "he's halfway through his life, I don't know if you need to spend hundreds of dollars on a trainer, he's a good dog" Yes... he's a fantastic dog, he's got very few bad habits but he's still got a lot of life left in him and there are a lot more things I could do with him if I got help. Plus he's so interesting. I just know there is so much going on in his head, he thinks so much and lives in his own head a lot, he's so damaged I'd love to know what someone can tell me about him. Buster is an extremley tense dog, he's relaxed a lot in the last few years but he is still so tense when you take him out of the yard. I think my dad (and others) seem to think its because I enforce rules and training with him that I've made him like this or something. Actually, all the rules and training provided stability and direction in his life and he's 1000 times better than he was 4 years ago when nothing was consistent, rules kept changing and he could never get it right. He used to not be able to eat at all if you were standing in his general vicinity, he couldn't take a treat from me when out on a walk, you couldn't touch his back end while he was lying down without him getting up and running away. Its just annoying when I put most of my time and energy into Buster or learning about dogs in general and my fathers lecturing with a total experience of one pet dog when he was 17 and not liking animals enough to pursue it any further for the next 40 years of his life. I don't think I'm being too strict with Buster, we play a lot, I let him offleash where I can but I don't want him harassing other animals or getting himself hurt, I want him to be able to relax in public, we do a lot of training but he enjoys it (so many people think I'm just annoying him - HE NEEDS TO USE HIS HEAD!) Does anyone else get this from people? Its not just my dad, its most of my family.