Good Dog Behavior - Who Has The Responsibility

Good dog behavior just comes naturally with some dogs. I’ll bet even most of you have had a dog at one time that was absolutely no problem.  That perfect dog sticks in your memory, a fond memory.

But, now you have a dog that is not “perfect” and since you’ve never had to train you do one of two things:

– You ignore the problem and hope it won’t get out of hand – which it always does. Then it becomes a really big problem.

– Or you immediately call for someone to help you train your dog – right choice!

Good Dog Behavior

Let’s look at the first option.  Unfortunately it’s a default option for way too many people.

Here’s how the scenario develops:  you get a puppy and it’s a little on the rowdy side but you figure it will grow out of it.  Next thing you know there’s now a child in the mix and the dog is really rowdy around the kid.  Then the dog starts growling at the child and your solution is just to keep the child and dog separate by either putting the dog in the crate, the yard or gating the dog in another room when the child is with you.

Your day is really full because you work all day, you come home and you have to feed the kids, getting them ready for bed and by that time you’re exhausted.  The dog, well the dog is just kind of there.  Days and months go by and the bad behavior by the dog is ignored and pushed aside.  But it’s okay because you’re still keeping things under control between the dog and the child and the dog’s rowdy bad behavior.

The dog’s behavior gets worse and worse and worse because you just don’t have the time or energy to fix it.  Finally something happens, like the dog snaps at the child and “That’s It!”  This dog either gets fixed or it goes.

Gets fixednot WE need to fix the dog.  Nope, someone else needs to fix the dog and it better work.

This happens all the time. And it’s good that now the dog’s behavior is going to be addressed. 

Where the downfall occurs is the immediate “I don’t have time” excuse when folks hear about what they have to do to get their dog fixed, the changes they need to make, the amount of work they need to do.

The response is,  “Well, if I have to do this are you going to guarantee that it will work and if it does not,  because I’m too busy, will you to come back and fix it.  “

Who NOW has the responsibility for fixing the dog?  The Trainer.

As a trainer my job is to teach you how to fix your dog problem and I do a fine job too. However, your dog lives with you and ultimately  has to listen to you and other family members.  Take responsibility and earn the right to have a great dog.

The reality of having a great dog is that your dog will be as great as the amount of work, care and love you put into your dog.

My responsibility is to be a good trainer/teacher and provide you with a program appropriate for your dog problem. You live with the dog so you should  do the work so that your dog listens to you.

Here’s what I can guarantee:  if you don’t do the work, your dog will not change.

Don’t wait until there are problems.  Start dog training early -before problems occur..  It’s easier that way.  But if you’re one of those who postpones training and you end up with a dog behavior problem, then accept responsibility and learn how to fix your dog problem.

Remember, your dog’s behavior is a mirror image of the relationship he has with you. 

How’s that for a heavy load!


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Jim Burwell is a “thanks for making the impossible, possible” professional dog trainer having trained 20,000+ dogs and counting and serving more than 7,000 clients.  Jim’s easy to follow, common sense, and positive methods have made him the “dog trainer of choice” for 30 years.  One of his clients says it best: There are people who are so good at, and passionate about, what they do, that in their presence, one can’t help thinking that they have found their true calling and are doing exactly what they should be doing on this earth. Jim is one of these rare people. His quiet and understated manner, his effective technique for training dogs (and their families) is something which I feel fortunate to have witnessed and in which to have been an active participant.  Jane Wagner

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