Wise Words...
Tuesday, 22 September 2009 21:09

One of my Very Favorite dog trainers, Sarah Stremming, just joined Twitter.  *Finally*!  So I was making sure I followed her Tweets with all my accounts (yes, I am Twi-dicted!) and I clicked on her blog.  I haven't been there in a while, and I found a new post.  Of course, most of us *know* what I'm about to quote here, but it always is good to be reminded and I don't think I've ever read it phrased exactly like this.  Sarah is discussing the expectations of humans when it comes to owning dogs:

I wish all dogs could say just these words to their potential adopters, ”I am a dog.  All I ever do is what I know works for me, and if it doesn’t work for you, I need you to show me what does.  I would like you to know that sometimes I will be a challenge, and I am sure you yourself are no different, but I will always be honest.  If I bite, know that it is because I am afraid.  If I ever bark, know that it is because I am trying to say something. If I ever pee in the wrong place, know that I do not understand where the “right” place is.  If I chew up something of yours, know it is because I need to chew, and your stuff was just there, smelling like you.  Know that I need you to protect me from disease, teach me human words, feed me good food, and stick up for me when children are bothering me–for not doing these things is the quickest way for me to meet death. Know that I am not disposable. Know that I want to be a good dog, and if you show me how, I will give you as many years of companionship as my body allows.”  This way when people fail their dogs–which is what happens when dogs are dumped in shelters–they at least can not claim they didn’t know better, because the dog himself will have told them all the things they needed to hear.

Wow.  A paragraph all dog lovers should carry with them always and a paragraph every family considering a dog should read.  10 times.  Maybe 100.

You can find Sarah's blog here: http://sarahstremming.wordpress.com/.  Twitter: http://twitter.com/SarahCPDT

I think Sarah is also going to have some training articles featured on my site.  If you live on the Front Range of Colorado and want a fabulous private lesson, call Sarah.  If you are lucky enough to live in FoCo, she is a trainer at Come, Play, Stay at South Mesa Veterinary Hospital.  It's a beautiful facility.

I don't always agree 100% with her, but she always makes me *think* about how I am handling my dogs.  We ♥ you, Sarah.

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