"The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man's." – Mark Twain, Letter to W D Howells, 4/2/1899


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Don’t be worried about setbacks.

If you have decided to help your dog be happier by working on his behaviour issues never be discouraged by setbacks.

I naively thought that once we had achieved a change in behaviour that the change would be permanent.

What a fool I was.

Humans have setbacks when they attempt to change some unwanted behaviour, so why wouldn’t dogs?

Anger or disappointment are emotions that will slow down your improved relationship with your dog. Your dog needs a calm leader who recognises that it’s ‘three steps forward and one step back’.

Your reaction to the setbacks is very important.

Your dog needs to see that you are taking it in your stride and moving the both of you forward.

Remember it’s your body language that your dog hears, not your words.

A calm assertive leader; that’s what he needs.


2 responses

  1. We can learn a great deal from setbacks. Charlie, my feral dog, is a tremendous teacher.


    May 30, 2013 at 11:09 am

    • I had a deadline for my local paper and I needed inspiration……….. then I read your post on Charlie and I thought of my disappointment and there was my article.
      Thank you.


      May 30, 2013 at 11:18 am

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