When I hear someone badmouthing their dog’s behavior, I wonder what they do when an appliance breaks. Usually when things breakdown, people call a repairman who identifies the problem, fixes the issue, and disappears into the night. Yeah it costs money, but life costs money, and who can live without a refrigerator or washer these days?
So why, when it comes to dogs, do people give up hope? Dogs aren’t mechanical, but all dog problems have similar roots. Dogs act up when they feel frustrated, scared or bored. A good behaviorist/trainer—a doggy repair person—can help you identify what’s causing the mischief and figure out how to fix it. Blaming the dog, dumping it on the street or in a shelter, and starting all over again with a new dog (who’ll likely do the same exact thing) won’t get you anywhere.
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