I had a phone conversation today with a person whose dog was literally chewing them out of house and home.  Chairs, couches, coffee tables – all destroyed by the dog.

I can’t help but wonder what, if anything, they had for the dog to play with and chew on besides the sacrificial offerings of their hard-earned furniture.  The dog was being left alone in the house because they were not comfortable with putting “Fluffy” in a crate!  Sometimes I’m convinced that some people should just not have dogs! 

I wondered about exercise, training and prevention with a doggie gate or crate – all clearly (by the end of the conversation) NOT in the big picture.  The energy in the dog could be partially managed by walks, a game of fetch or tug – all designed to burn predatory energy, give the dog novel sights, sounds and experiences, to process, while in the crate, while they were gone during the day. 

Obedience training speaks for itself by providing mental exercises to tire the other half of the dog.  All good stuff, IF one chooses to use it.

OK, I’ve blown off my steam I feel better now.  Unfortunately that poor dog is still getting the short end of the stick.  Set your dogs up to succeed NOT to fail!

Be as comfortable with the trainer of your dog, as you are the teacher of your children.  And remember–

“Opportunity Barks!”

 
 
Jim Burwell, Jim Burwell’s Petiquete