He looked up the stairs. He's not allowed up the steps so he just looked and listened. Then he heard Sara's voice and he peered around the corner listening. Not sure, he looked back up the steps. But then he heard it again, Sara's voice. It was coming from the kitchen. He took off running. He stopped in the kitchen and looked. He didn't see her. He listened. He heard her again in the powder room off of the kitchen and he ran toward it. When he finally spotted her, he came to a stop about four feet from her and calmly stood there looking at her. Then Amie walked up from the other direction and once again he went to her but gave about two feet of space and he stayed calm. He waited for them to initiate play with him. It really occurred to me what good pack leaders the kids are to that pup. Spencer didn't rush them, didn't jump on them, was not hyper when he saw them, yet he was very happy they were home. Those are the manners a balanced dog gives to a respected pack leader.
The kids play with him all of the time, but they also make sure they start the play and end the play on their terms. They teach him tricks. They sit with him and rub his belly and he totally relaxes. They give him lots of love, but they never give him any type of affection unless he is calm and acting submissive. If the pup gets too rough they correct him and never let him get out of control. They go in and out doors before the pup and always make him heel on a leash. In return they get a dog that never jumps on them, listens to all of their commands and that loves to play with them.
Dogs that rush up, jump on or crowd their owners are not showing the type of respect that dogs give to higher members of the pack. When a dog (large or small) jumps up on a human it is telling the human it is "the one"; that check of power. Small dogs are notorious for this type of power checking. They jump up and touch the person with their front paws to let them know just who's in charge. It's such a light touch that humans tend to find it cute but the humans are thinking human, not the meaning it has to the dog.