By Jeff Stallings
We all have an idealized vision of what our dog should be, the mutt in the Norman Rockwell painting, asleep at our feet while we snooze on the couch. In our mind’s eye, our dog stays when told, comes when called, loves kids and other dogs, walks calmly by our side: the perfectly behaved friend, year after year. Yet all you have to do is spend a few minutes in any dog park to find dogs far removed from that perfect mutt, pulling on leashes, jumping on strangers, ignoring their owners’ calls, starting fights or threatening people.
Why are there so many poorly trained dogs? Part of the problem is information overload, competing and contradictory advice on the best way to train dogs, then frustration with the lack of progress when it doesn’t seem to be working. But rest assured there is a route to a better behaved dog and in future blog entries, I’m going to tell you how in future posts.