When you find yourself feeling sorry for the poor, unsocialized dog huddling in the back of her kennel, or tempted by the challenge of the dog who avoids your advances, stop and think about it. You and your family are making a commitment to this dog for the next 10 to 15 years of your lives. You can look forward to 10 to 15 years of joy, sharing a bond with your dog that is based on mutual trust and respect, or you can face the prospect of a decade or more of headache and heartache while you manage difficult behaviors. You decide which is the right thing to do.
DemoDick wrote:Regarding the "Assess-A-Hand"...
Does anyone honestly think that if I went to the toy store and bought a baby doll to use as a tug toy that my dog would then want to bite real babies?
Dogs are just not that stupid.
aurora wrote:How did I guess this would be the response?! Haha. I really don't agree with a lot of what she says as far as training and assessments go, but I think some of her observations (particularly that of the downward spiral for pits in shelters) are dead on.
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