If you get 5 colds a year, and you are constantly looking for a new cold medicine, you can pretty much guarantee that you keep getting 5 colds a year.
Hopefully, we all know that no cold medicine actually “cures” the common cold, or prevents you from ever getting it. What is it that cold medicines do?
They treat the symptoms of the cold.
If you’re getting 5 or more colds a year, treating symptoms is not doing your body any help. There is a problem. That problem lies in your overall health, your immune system, your diet, or something else.
Your runny nose is NOT your problem.
Your constant getting sick IS your problem.
Now that we can clearly see that, let’s talk about life with your dog.
When the symptoms of the problem in their relationship with their dog become unbearable.
Unfortunately, not many people are proactive in...
Are you ready for it?
The question that damn near every dog owner is dying to have the answer to.
Think of all the YouTubes you've watched searching for it.
All the facebook group comments you've read and acted on only to be right back to where you started.
You would give a small fortune to whoever could help you discover what is the single most effective dog training tool there is.
I'll take that small fortune now if you don't mind. Cash only please, no coins.
Every single person who owns a dog already has the greatest tool, they just don't want to use it.
I'll give you a minute to suck your teeth and roll your eyes if that's how you deal with hearing things you don't want to hear.
It's the simple truth.
While people are busy wasting precious time, (dogs don't live very long lives folks) and trying every collar and harness known to exist, they are missing out on...
Excerpt from my upcoming book yet to be titled...
“My dog is A-MAAAAAAAAAAA-ZING” he said with massive dramatic presentation.
I was actually quite impressed with the sincerity of his proclamation regarding his dog’s wonder. However, Frederick wasn’t speaking to me because his dog was a-maaaaaazing, he had reached out to me for help because his dog was barking, spinning, and lunging non stop while on walks and when seeing dogs or people.
“Our only problem is on walks when he sees a person or another dog,” he said in almost a dismissive tone.
Had I not had this conversation countless times in the past 20 years, I might have been confused. If the dog was so amazing, so great, so wonderful, how on earth could he be so out of control while on a leash, and how on earth could the owner be so dismissive about a serious issue that could result in tragedy for the dog? Frederick was consulting me for...
I've put in some serious work between my Instagram, Facebook, and my old blog trying to help people make solid decisions when contemplating getting a second dog.
Most of the time I'm talking them out of it.
Read the other article that addresses THAT question HERE.
I'm writing this for those who are bringing that second dog home and nothing is going to change their mind.
With the decision already made the next course of action is to make sure that process goes as well as can be hoped for. At this point as a teacher, I have to recognize when and where to focus my educational efforts.
First Things First
If a smooth homecoming and integration for the new dog is what you want, then focusing immediately on your FIRST dog is what you need to do ASAP.
The relationship you have with the first dog is going to play a huge role in how that dog deals with the massive disruption to daily life that the addition of a second dog...
I speak with dog owners every day about the challenges they have with their dogs.
When speaking with a woman ( we will call her Tammy even though that's not even close to her real name) about her dog's habit of not coming back in the house when in the yard playing, the conversation was no different than almost every other one I have.
Tammy started out the same way most people do, by saying "I have a GREAT relationship with my dog..."
Then they will go on to describe the problem they are having.
Before I get into ANY discussion of what they want the solution to I ask questions. I'm a teacher after all and the name of my business is Socratic Canine, (google the word Socratic if you don't understand the reference). I ask questions that catch nearly every person completely off guard.
I asked Tammy, "That's awesome! Could you take a moment to tell me what makes the relationship so great?"
Nearly every time I ask that they...