Does Your Dog Frustrate You?
We all LOVE our dogs, that’s a fact. It’s unlikely you would even be reading this blog if you don’t have a dog that you love.
But dogs can also be the most frustrating family member. Right?
Our first dog, Sally was a beautiful little bundle of Chocolate Lab love. She was the sweetest thing and had us both wrapped around her little paws within the first five minutes of coming into our home. She was also a well-behaved puppy. Yes, she was full of mischief, she was only 8 weeks old after all, but she grew into a ‘pretty’ well-behaved adult.
I put those quotes around pretty because there was a certain thing she did that was so frustrating and no amount of training seemed to stop her. I say no amount of training, but with hindsight, that should really be “no amount of training we were willing to spend the time on…” If we had spent more time, I’m sure we could have gotten past this issue.
What did Sally do that was so frustrating? Consumed horse poop…wherever and whenever she could get it. Sweet, sweet horse poop. It didn’t matter if it was fresh or three weeks old and just dried up grass, it was her favorite thing to snack on and my biggest frustration with her.
We lived near Griffith Park in Los Angeles at the time and took Sally to the park everyday. One the other side of the park was a stable and there were many riders through the trails in the park, so there were lots of opportunities for Sally to find a snack. I was always on the look out for horse poop and would try to steer her away from it, although many times it became a game to her. She’d run past it (she was usually off leash in the park) like she didn’t even see it and then wait until I ran past it and then circle around behind me to get it. Or she would be trotting along right past it and then make a quick swipe at it as we ran past or she’d be out ahead of me and get to it before I even saw it.
She was a little sneak – loved her to death, but that horse poop obsession was SOOOO frustrating. I know I could have probably kept her on the leash and worked with her on the ‘leave it’ command, but that’s where owner laziness plays a part.
How about you – what’s your biggest frustration with your dog and what do you do about it?