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Dogs Are Individuals

Roxy, Alex, and Gir (L to R)

Roxy, Alex, and Gir (L to R)

The above picture is one of my favorite pictures.  Most of us can easily see their differences because of their color, size, breed, etc., but most importantly what we, pet parents, need to keep in mind is that every dog is an individual.  As such, the approach we use regarding training, housebreaking, behavior modification, etc., needs to be tailored to that particular dog.

Roxy – Cute Pom

  • She has a big personality and always walks like she owns the place
  • She is my little shadow and loves to be with us
  • She gets easily scared of anything that flies such as bees, butterflies, etc., but she unbelievably brave when she thinks her human is in danger

Alex – My Pit Mix

  • She is a quiet Alpha, but she easily lets any other dog take that place
  • She gets along with all dogs, but prefers to hang out with people
  • She walks perfectly with a Gentle Leader

Gir – Min-Pin

  • The smallest dog I’ve taken care of so far, but just like Roxy, he has a big personality
  • He loves to snuggle on my lap and sunbathe with Alex
  • He has a lot of energy

individuals2When you decide to take your dog for training and/or behavior modification or if you decide to go at it alone, please remember that your dog is an individual and that even learning will be up to your dog.  Some dogs are fast learners, while others take a little longer.  The key ingredient you need to have for sure is patience.  A lot of patience.  Also, have fun with your dog.