I think that it is a pretty safe statement to make that nobody wants to have a bad dog.  We bring dogs into our family and want to do everything possible to make sure everything is happy for all.  Sometimes, just like with our kids, our dogs do things that we may not like.  When this happens, as good dog parents, we want to get them back on the right path.

Although we have all the best intentions, sometimes out actions do not result in the results we expected or wanted.  Our dog does something wrong and whatever we do, they just aren’t stopping.  In fact, things may even be getting worse and they may be doing more things we don’t like.  This leads to our frustration and, normally, escalation of the “correction actions” we were doing that weren’t working.

The problem is not that we have a bad dog or that we are bad dog owners.  It gets back to one of my favorite movie lines from all time, “What we have here is a failure to communicate”.  It isn’t necessarily the communication, but the process of delivering the communication. Robin and I have a great dog training article on “Know When to Correct Your Dog” that will get you two talking.  Please take a look at it and start having a real conversation with your dog today.

When it comes to correcting and communicating with your dog, it is all about timing.