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Take a deep breath! Carly is not the 'devil dog' of your past. In all likelihood, your scooping her up when she was distracted by 'other' things, surprised and frightened her and sent her into survival mode. She does not need to learn 'who is boss' she needs to learn what you want her to know because she doesn't know how to fit into the human world. How to sit, down, stay on command (for all family members), recall, enjoy handling, wait for her dinner, wait at the door for permission to go out, all these things can be taught with kindness, respect and positive reinforcement and it takes time, consistency and a ton of practice! And it can be a LOT of fun!