As we near the start of a new year, the inevitable lists begin to show up: resolutions, want lists, to-do lists, dieting lists, and on and on. I’ve come up with a new list — one of memorable dog training challenges of 2009.
Dogs named Bo, Joe and MoeNo kidding, all in the same house. One can only imagine the chaos and confusion of having three dogs all answering to — or collectively ignoring — a similar sounding name. After an hour of "Bo, no!” and "Joe, no!” I told the owner I could take "no Moe.” We then discussed necessary name changes for all.
‘My dog is dumb’ syndromeMany a client will describe his dog as a few kibbles short of a bag, wrongly assuming that the dog is incapable of learning. The bored dog at the end of the leash looks to be thinking the same of its owner. These are such fun cases to work with, because once we are able to teach the client how to relate to the dog in a canine way, learning becomes easy, and success is achieved. A good trainer will prove to you the brilliance of your canine friend.
Wrong dog-owner comboTime and again, we see people matched with the wrong dog for their situation or lifestyle. Dog and owner are caught in a failure chain, as neither one is capable of meeting the needs of the other. The senior citizen with a crazy Border collie, the 6-year-old with the Great Dane, the marathon runner with a Basset hound, the knitting nester with a German shorthaired pointer, or the infirm individual with a young puppy are examples. Training will not supersede the essence of the dog’s character or activity level.