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What constitutes a full life for a dog? To define what we consider "enough” we have to ask the dog himself if his life is working for him. And really listen to his answer.
Why do horses need fewer reminders than dogs for loose leash walking? It's far easier to teach a horse loose leash walking. Why? In all cases, both bio-mechanics and gait are involved.
People (and animals) can and do change. Not easily, but altering behavior is possible and successful. Within limits. But what are the limits? How ethical is it for us to decide what is "right" and what needs to be "fixed"?
Deliberately building that cushion of positive experiences around weird human behavior is a great gift to give any animal--the ability to cope with what they find scary or uncomfortable.
The unspoken message is if you just train enough and in the proper way using approved methodology, your puppy can grow into a "perfectly normal" dog. In essence, it's all yours to lose. Not true.
It would not be okay for a toddler to harass grandma; not okay for the puppy to harass the older dog. Some dogs are better at setting limits and teaching others how to behave.
If your dog continues to pull, ignore signals, or tune you out, you may need to switch equipment. But many handlers continue to use equipment that frustrates them and/or the dog.
People have many explanations for why dogs act as they do. Sometimes the dog's history becomes baggage that the human carts along for the dog's entire life.
A while ago, I began to realize that clients were constantly telling me how much their dogs weighed, but when...
Perhaps one of the most embarrassing behavior problems is a dog who acts aggressively on leash, whether towards dogs, other animals or people. Recognize that on leash aggression always involves unintentional signals from the owner which create a vicious cycle. Here's how.