One of my hobbies is running my Australian Shepard, Levi, in agility competitions.
When people see us run, their first comment is almost always –
“I love how your dog knows where do go. How did you teach him to follow the numbers on the course?”
I always smile.
No. Levi does not follow numbers. He relies on me, his Handler, to tell him where to go. If I don’t communicate my intention, he will go off course and be eliminated.
In the agility world, we like to say, “Every dog has a Handler problem.”
I’ve noticed the same thing in the human world.
If you think you are being tripped up by someone else, double-check to see if they are having a Handler problem.
Know what you want, where you want to go, and effectively communicate your goals. You will be amazed at how almost everybody will follow the numbers.