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 to 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. He will go off course and be eliminated if I don’t communicate my intention.
In the agility world, we 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 have a Handler problem.
Know what you want and where you want to go, and effectively communicate your goals. You will be amazed at how almost everybody will follow the numbers.