You don’t need to feel ashamed if your dog is behaving badly. I think that’s what causes MANY people to say to me, “he’s not a bad dog,” or, “she’s really a sweet natured girl.”
Of course the reason they are speaking to me is usually because the same dog is showing aggression, destroying property or jumping up on people to the point of hurting them.
What I want people to know is, I KNOW your dog is not a bad dog. It’s okay.
The truth is, good dogs can display bad behaviour.
Of course, what is, “bad,” is a matter of interpretation and preference.
At the same time, if your dog is a danger to you, themselves, or others, the issue needs to be addressed.
Training through behaviour problems is about moving forward and creating positive change.
If you’re feeling like you will be judged when seeking help and it’s stopping you from taking the next step, I want you to know that there are non-judgy trainers (like me) out there and it’s about finding that right fit that you feel comfortable with.
You can also be selective with where you post online. Large free-for-all dog groups aren’t always the safest spaces to seek help without judgement.
The more serious or ingrained the issue, the more likely you will need in person help.
Sometimes though, you might feel like the issue is really bad and super embarrassing, but it might be simpler than you think to address it!
It’s all about taking that first step.
So when you’re ready for that, here’s 3 ways I can help you:
- Browse the free lessons in the Dog Matters Academy
- Sign up for Academy Premium and take the full training program that will improve any behaviour you’re struggling with with your dog
- Read my free ebook, The Good Dog and submit a question for me to answer within the same module area