We just enrolled Baxter in obedience school. It's a not-for-profit and we had to go for a 2 hour orientation last Saturday, without Baxter. His actual classes start in 2 weeks. We were told just what is being discussed here - if he wants to join you on the couch he has to earn it by sitting first. Before we allow Baxter to have privileges, he has to earn them. NOTHING IN LIFE IS FREE!