Getting Away With Murder
When I was out walking my dog, he pranced ahead, sideways, and every which-way but beside me. After a few minutes, I got frustrated and demanded a heel off of him. It took him several minutes to realize I was serious, and then…
It was like he was in an obedience show ring as he pranced alongside me, looking up as he heeled. He knows how to heel. He’s a good heeler. He just chooses to not bother to obey me most of the time! That’s so frustrating, but I know it’s my fault. His work on-leash is pretty bad! (off leash is better- I wonder why? any ideas?)
I’m the one who lowers my criteria, and lets him get away with walking on the end of his leash. It made me take a look at our agility and see what else I’m letting him get away with. (I am looking at you, nosetouches of fail!) Do your dogs get away with things? Is that okay with you? I let my dogs get away with headbutting me while they’re getting petted. I know some would say not to let them, but it doesn’t bother me. I like it.
Don’t go into the new year with a dog that does what you don’t want. Work for the dog you’ve always wanted, and recognize that the dog you have can be (and most likely IS) that dog.