Are you in doggie-denial?! As an Unleashed Potential K9 Dog Trainer I can help.
As Dog Trainers, we deal with all sorts of dogs and people. There is one type of call that we get too often though. One that has us urging people to take action ASAP (and questioning why we weren’t contacted sooner- but that is for another post.) The “dog problem” they have varies but the general attitude about it is the same. One of “blind love” (denial) about their dog.
Here’s an example:
Potential Client: “Hi. Do you offer dog training?”
Dog Trainer: “Yes. How can I help you?”
“I’m Calling from Cape Breton (or Antigonish or Vegas), and well I don’t really know if we need any help but thought I’d call just in case. We have the sweetest, kindest and most loving_______ (insert breed/size/dog’s name). About a month ago he started growling and snapping at kids when they come near him. I think he’s only protecting his own space right? Or is it because I’m not showing him as much attention as he needs? Other than that he’s Super affectionate, happy go lucky, and all around PERFECT!”
Dog Trainer (in dismay and with urgency in voice): “No, this is serious. You need to come in for a consult STAT. Until then, have your dog muzzled at all times when the children are around. Your kids’ safety comes first.”
How can people be so oblivious to the danger lurking right in front of them? And yes, an unpredictable or uncontrolled dog IS a danger. Simply put, the owners are in denial.
Could this be you? Or someone you know? The first step is admitting it. While some misbehaviours can be tolerated, others need to be addressed ASAP. Don’t ignore red flags. Seek dog training help immediately if your dog is:
1. Showing signs of aggression (growling, snapping, bearing teeth).
2. Developing possessive/protective traits.
3. Being/becoming overly fearful of anything/anyone.
4. Running away or not coming back when called.
5. Exhibiting signs of dominance with other dogs.
It goes without saying that you need training right away if he/she has already instigated a dog fight, bit someone or has a propensity to growl, snap and/or snarl.
Plus, any behaviour that makes YOU nervous or that YOU are uncertain about is reason to set up an appointment. Even if it’s just that you are noticing some subtle changes in your dog.
If YOU are anxious, you can’t be the calm and confident leader that your dog needs, and he/she will sense it. This creates a brewing ground for serious accidents. Contact us before things escalate. Trust me, it really is better to be safe than sorry.
Make sure to not give up if you call a trainer and they say your dog cannot be helped. Perhaps that specific trainer cannot help you and your dog due to their lack of education but we can help.
We look forward to hearing from you 🙂
The Antigonish Branch currently covers All of Northern Nova Scotia.Pictou County (Stellarton, New Glasgow, Pictou, River John, Merigomish), Antigonish County (Pomquet, Monestery, Havre Boucher) Guysborough County, and even Cape Breton (Port Hawkesbury, Inverness, Richmond, Victoria, Sydney).
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