My dog isn’t perfect. Other dogs make him crazy, he begs for food to the point of drooling, and, on top of that, he doesn’t give much affection. My attitude toward Sly, a mature black Lab, is mostly laissez-faire. I haven’t done much to be the Alpha in our relationship. He’s a retriever who rarely retrieves, and when he does pick up an object tossed in play, he doesn’t bring it back. And as a water dog, he isn’t much. Rush into the surf to catch an airborne Frisbee? I don’t think so.