Ok, I know this is a really sensitive subject and I don’t want to offend anyone. I understand everyone is under different circumstances. But, if you own a dog, or before you get one, please ensure that you are prepared to take on the responsibilities of dog ownership.
Too often have I encountered dog owners who don’t have enough time to properly care for them. If you work 8 hours a day 5 days a week you must make sure your dog is getting exercise and interaction from YOU, and that doesn’t mean short walks or just letting them outside. It also doesn’t mean tethering them outside.
I know people who have destructive dogs and I believe it is because the dogs are bored or suffer from anxiety or neglect. It’s like when a baby cries just to receive attention. It really frustrates me when an owner will sit and wonder why their dogs are destructive and wild but don’t take action to try and improve it. Some owners resort to shock collars to scare their dogs out of certain behaviors. Others try to overcome their dogs strength and madness by using spiked collars or choke collars.
Positive reinforcement and a strong understanding of your dogs behavior, and an UNDERSTANDING how your dogs reacts and responds to different situations, environments, and people, are all extremely important things to learn as a dog owner.
Challenging your dog’s skills and abilities is a great way to teach your dog that there are positive outlets for their energy and emotions. It is also extremely important and crucial that you remain patient because, like people, every dog has a different learning pace. Hiring a trainer is a decent option, but it will only continue work if the owner reinforces the training and enforces the new routines. You want to build the bond between you and your dog and encourage your dog to listen to you and watch you.
Also like people, every dog has a bad day. Sometimes there is a learning curve or peak and training a specific trick or behavior can take longer, or may need to be adapted to your specific dog’s needs and abilities.
Ultimately, I believe it is the owner’s responsibility to care for their animals. If you constantly have to have someone else care for your dog, have to have someone train your dog for you etc, you may want to consider if it may be in the best interest for the dog to let them go to someone who will take the time energy needed to properly care for them.
PS: As a pet owner please understand the importance of learning what foods are ok for your pet to consume before giving something to them. My coworker almost killed her own dog by feeding it grapes.