While everything that everyone has said is true...Shelties tend to focus on their alpha, I think its really important that we train our Shelties to respond to others as well. I trained my kids to be able to handle my Shelties. And my housekeeper and my partner. It's just not acceptable to me that I'm the only one who can handle my dog. If that were the case, I would never be able to go on vacation or leave the house!!!! Truly, as much as we love to have our dogs focussed on us personally, a well rounded dog should be able to (almost) bond equally. I personally think its wrong to accept anything less from your dog.