I recently got several books out of the library that you all have recommended to me. I really want Maggie to listen to me and Justin, and I really want her to be the happiest dog possible. The first thing I wanted to work on was communication, so I started with The Dog Listener. I'm only about halfway through it but I wanted to get some input before I try anything. For those who haven't read it, Jan Fennell (the author) suggests a technique called Amichien Bonding which involves establishing Leader of the Pack status with your dogs using methods instinct to them. Taking into account the fact that I'm not even all the way through the book, it sounds like the author is saying this should work for all dogs. But I just don't see how it would work for Maggie, especially when it comes to Justin. Maggie doesn't seem to view herself as "leader of the pack" if the pack is me, her and Justin. She does show a few signs that she might see herself as MY leader, because she is somewhat protective of me sometimes, and jumps all over me when I get home from work, leads me on walks, etc. But she doesn't do any of those things with Justin. I don't really know how she views us when it comes to belonging to a pack. I want Maggie to listen to what I say and view me AND Justin as the leaders of the pack, but I'm not really seeing how based on this book so far. I can see how I can use some of the methods - eating something before she gets her food (alpha always eats first), ignoring her when I get home from somewhere until she calms down and I call her to ME (sounds sooo hard... I like that she's so excited to see me when I get home!) But these things I can try to do. One of the steps though assumes that the dog goes berserk barking and jumping when someone comes to the door, and you're supposed to acknowledge it and then send it to a different room. Maggie doesn't go berserk though, she just hides! Does that mean I should skip that step? Does it mean she doesn't actually view herself as leader of the pack, because she relies on me to protect her from the scary scary guests? I would like any input you guys have that have achieved Amichien Bonding with your dogs. Do you have any experience doing this with timid dogs like Maggie? If so, did you do anything different? In the meantime, I will keep reading and see if there's anything else this book can offer me. I see that there's a chapter about dealing with Rescue Dogs so maybe there'll be good advice there.