“We rescued our dog from a shelter and we think she was abused”

I can’t tell you how many times I have had owners explain to me that their dog misbehaves because of some unknown event that they suspect happened in the dog’s past. Today’s post is about celebrating that your dog lives in the moment (and what a lesson we could learn from this attribute!). It’s true that when you rescue a dog from a shelter you have no way of knowing that canine’s past experiences but do not let that stop you from leading your dog in the present. When a human feels “sorry” for a dog they exude weak energy which makes it impossible to intervene on your dog’s behalf in a constructive manner. It is healthier for everyone involved that you help your dog by showing them an alternate way to behave. Help your dog move on by communicating to them what acceptable and unacceptable behavior looks like in your home. Give your dog affection when you want to nurture the behavior they are doing. When your dog begins to exhibit an activity that should not be allowed, administer discipline to help communicate your vision for their well-being.

If you have ever been traumatized by an event that involved your dog (such as a dog attack or bite) do not let it paralyze you from living in the now. Tackle the situation head on and lead your dog with a leadership that commands respect. You don’t always get the dog you want, but you do get the dog you need. They are here for us as much as we are here for them. Lead your dog!