Not the dog you thought you were getting



It’s exciting when you get a new dog or puppy. It makes you feel good, the dog/puppy is happy, your happy, your family is happy everything is happy, happy, happy. You have great intensions and visions of what and how your new dog is going to be. Your going to teach this and that and he’s going to be the best dog you have ever had, you have great intensions.

But, then reality sinks in. Things aren’t going like you would like or even thought it would. What this dog doesn’t do what I tell it to do and it’s destructive and crazy to top things off. Not what you had in mind. Right?

Well you are not alone. All kinds of folks get new pups/dogs with no idea what really to expect. They’ve seen all the movies, the pictures and have heard all the great stories of dogs. What you didn’t hear is all the truths about dogs.

They are a responsibility. But for most folks their dog becomes a liability. Why? Because they didn’t hear the reality of having a dog. All they heard was it’s a fur baby, it’s like my child, it’s so fun having a dog. I would do anything for my dog. My dog is the world to me.

 But somewhere things have gone wrong. You start to lose the good felling you had with your dog in the beginning. It’s just not what you thought it was going to be like having a dog. Reality, what a game changer.

Dogs take work, training, love and most of all leadership. Your dog needs to look to you as a leader someone who will give them the information they need, advocate for them and build a great relationship. Dogs don’t come knowing what we want or able to speak or understand language as we know it. But yet, it’s expected. Maybe just maybe that is where it went wrong. Expecting things from your dog without you ever taking the time or true effort to help your dog be the dog you thought it would be.

Fun with your dog


Having fun with your dog is great, it’s what we want. But when is fun fun and when is it not so good.

I don’t’ mean that fun is not good. What I’m saying is that not all fun is good for some dogs. For instance, if your dog is wildly out of control, doesn’t listen and has no structure. Letting him run crazy is not a good thing. All it does is keep your dog in an excitable and aroused state of mind where he won’t listen to you or at least not how you would like. If you don’t have an on off switch with your dog, then it could just keep your dog in a bad state of mind. Letting your dog run crazy with other dogs, running them as fast as they can go will wear them out but, that’s all it will do and only for a short period of time. They will still be crazy and not listening.

A good thing to do is control your dog’s excitement and arousal. Give them structure, rules and boundaries and hold them accountable for breaking commands. You will have more fun with your dog and life together will be much more enjoyable.