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Seeing Only The Best In Our Dogs

Meg Harris

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Juno Anderson

 

We all see the best in our dogs.  Of course we do, we love them!  To bring out the best in our dogs though, we need to recognize their weaknesses as well.  Many dog owners are reluctant to admit to themselves, let alone to others, that their dog has issues or failings; other owners honestly don’t know.  Either way, we must learn to recognize our dogs’ shortcomings so we can help the dog to improve or even to overcome them.   It doesn’t mean we love them less; it means we love them as they really are!

If your dog is getting a little dominant with other dogs, pretending he is just playing is not going to help him.  Recognizing the signs and addressing the problem early can prevent this behavior from getting worse and ensure your dog will be a happy, social dog with lots of friends!

If your dog is yappy, making excuses for him isn’t going to help the dog learn that there is a time and place for barking.  Learning how to teach the dog when and where it is ok and to stop when you ask him to will ensure other people enjoy his company as much as you do and want to have him around.

If your dog is possessive over his stick or toys, telling yourself and others it is ok, because it is only when he has a stick, is not going to help the dog to understand that possessive/aggressive behavior is not ok.   Addressing the problem and learning how to teach the dog to relinquish his prize possessions voluntarily will ensure his lack of understanding never leads to an incident.

Wishing your dog didn’t have strong prey drives will not make them go away.  Teaching the dog to constructively channel those drives will not only keep him and other animals safe, it will make walks and outings fun again for both of you.

If your dog isn’t housetrained but you have learned to live with it, you are doing yourself and your dog a disservice.  He will not be welcome in other people’s homes and people will think you are crazy and your dog is dirty.  They might not say it out loud but that is what many will be thinking!  Committing yourself to the process of teaching your dog to “go” in suitable places will make both of you much happier in the end.

All dogs have strengths and weaknesses.  Their shortcomings do not make them bad dogs or us bad owners but we are either part of the problem or part of the solution.
Whatever our dog’s weaknesses, we need to look the issues in the eye, say them out loud and be pro-active in the process of making things better, helping our dogs to become the best they can be.  That commitment is the sign of someone who really, really loves their dog!

 

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