"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

Setbacks: Understanding Your Dog: The Foothills Newspaper.

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Understanding your Dog – Setbacks

June 21, 2013 in 2013AuthorsJuly August


Not my photo but he is seriously cute.

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.


This is an article that I wrote for the most recent edition of The Foothills Newspaper.

The inspiration for the article came from our experiences of retraining our two little dogs but the spark for this piece came from this amazing WordPresser, http://caninepsychologyschool.wordpress.com/

I also wrote an article about a lost audio tape and a helpful shopkeeper, you can read that piece here:


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  1. Pingback: Star Zone and the Lost Tape: The Foothills article. | araneus1

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