I had seen this defiant mood before, and knew there was only one way to deal with it. The ONLY way to make Sigmund obey is to threaten him with destruction. Nothing else works. I turned and went to my closet and got a small belt to help me “reason” with him... What developed next is impossible to describe. That tiny dog and I had the most vicious fight ever staged between man and beast. I fought him up one wall and down the other, with both of us scratching and clawing and growling and swinging the belt... I eventually got him to go into his bed, only because I outweighed him 200 to 12!
This is wrong in so many ways. Why tell this story in such detail: doesn't he realise it makes him look like a chimp? Doesn't he know that everyone else can control their pets without using 'a small belt'? Doesn't this give him a clue about 'using a belt' to control children as well? Doesn't he realise it is weak not strong to behave in this way.
From digby, who links this type of hysterical control-freakery to fascism. The comments to the post are good too, lots of informed comment from dog owners.