How-to-Stop-Unwanted-Behavior

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by Naomi Heck, M.Ed., CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA

How to Stop Unwanted Behavior

1. Stop focusing on correcting or punishing bad behavior. Saying “No!” or squirting your dog with water might relieve your frustration but it can maintain or worsen your dog’s bad behavior. Corrections are deceiving. They momentarily suppress unwanted behavior so it seems to have worked. But if your dog does it again, it didn’t work at all! If you correct your dog often, you can diminish his willingness to listen and cooperate.

2. Choose a behavior your dog can do that will replace Continue reading

Dogs Will Be Dogs

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Dogs Will Be Dogs – Gypsy in the morning watching sees me until she sees me peek.

Gypsy in the morning

GROCERY DAY!

GROCERY DAY!

Today is my favorite day of the week, groceries day!  I don’t understand why mom doesn’t get excited about groceries.  She leaves the house as if she has to go shovel cow manure.  I would not mind going to the grocery store every single day.  It’s just so exciting, there’s always a surprise hidden in one of the bags.  I can’t control my enthusiasm.  I jump up and down and run circles around her trying to see the surprise inside the bags.  I race her to the car as she goes back for more bags.  I like to help her bring the grocery bags by sticking my head inside the bag and guide her to the front door.  Oh boy, I smell a treat surprise!  I can’t quite locate it.  Where is it? Is it in this bag?  Or this one?  Why is mom not helping?  What?  She’s making a cup of coffee!  Not now!  We need to get the perishables in the fridge!  Maybe if I offer my ball and sit looking so cute she’ll help.  Yup, that did it.  This week’s surprise; sweet-potato jerky, yummy!

 

Definition Of A Dog

Dogs are the most amazing creatures on earth.  They are probably the only beings that love others more than themselves.   Dogs are pure innocence.  They are not capable of betrayal, jealousy, hate, meanness, or cruelty.  image of german shorthaired pointerThey are loyal without expecting anything in return.  A dog’s love and dedication is pure and comes without strings attached.  They love us the same whether we’re poor, rich, and smart, illiterate, popular, geeky; just plain human. We are the center of their worlds.  They look up to us; they follow us, trust us and protect us.  Dogs exemplify patience.  They wait for us to come home.  They wait for us to give them time or attention, they wait for us to feed them.  Dog’s put image of german shorthaired pointerup with our ever changing moods without complaint.  They love us when we’re happy, when we’re sad, angry or scared.  They are quick to forgive us and continue being our truest friend.   A dog will not reject you or turn its back on you because of peer pressure.  A dog will not bully or make fun of you.  Dogs live up to the definition of best friend.  These angels placed in our lives bring such happiness and joy.  They bring us friendship and companionship.  They are always willing to play and cuddle.  They listen, cherish, respect and love us unconditionally.  Dogs give our lives meaning.  image of german shorthaired pointerAlthough a dog’s life is so short compared to human life, they offer so much love and joy in such a short time.  It is as if they know that their time is limited.  They live every moment of their lives to the fullest.  Even when cuddled up napping in the middle of an afternoon, they radiate peacefulness, satisfaction and pleasure.  I ask myself, why put myself through such a loss.  I know that the relationship will be short-lived.  I know that the anguish of loosing my friend is inevitable.  I know I will be heartbroken.  Why do it?  Simba has made my rainbow complete by adding a few colors that I was missing.  Tears fill my eyes when I think that she has already lived through half her life.  I then remember what she has taught me. Live each moment as if they were limited.  Be true to yourself and others and live life by submerging yourself in it.  If I chose to spare myself the anguish of loosing such a companion I would be choosing to wipe out who I am today.  I would be wiping out the lessons I have learned from this innocent being.  I would be wiping out so many smiles that she has placed on my face.   I would be wiping out the laughter she has image of german shorthaired pointerbrought me.  I would be wiping out the love, peace, trust, friendship, loyalty, and joy that I received from our lives being intertwined.  Simba has made my life complete and meaningful.  I am not saying that life would not have been good if our paths had not crossed.  I am merely stating that I would not be the person I am today having missed all that she has offered me.  She has added colors to my rainbow.  She has made my rainbow complete.