One way of doing this was to make sure I was (and still am) always the first one to go out the door. She knows the command "wait" and performs it very well. I make her wait, while I go through the door first.
When Sparrow forgets who is the boss, she finds her leash chafing. She realizes that it takes so much effort to fight against my leading, than it does to simply follow it.
As Christians, it is important for us to know who is "the Boss." It certainly isn't us! Part of realizing we need God's leading in our lives is first learning to just wait, as Sparrow does. "Be still and know that I am God," (Psalm 46:10.) We cannot see the way that He makes "plain before my face" if we are not still and waiting for it.
Submitting ourselves to the will of our Heavenly Father follows the pattern set for us by the Lord Jesus. There is a great freedom in giving up our self-sufficiency for His total supply.
A.W Tozer once said, "The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven't yet come to the end of themselves. We're still trying to give orders, and interfering with God's work within us.”
"Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me: for Thou are the God of my slavation; on Thee do I wait all the day."