Control and Contain Why It’s the New “Little Black Dress”
Why you need to control and contain your dog first.
Dogs of today’s generation have changed.
We can see that “the times” have changed.
We can see that “our children” have changed.
We can certainly see that society has changed.
But for some odd reason, we think that our dogs are the same dogs of the 1950’s.
You know the rogue dogs that wandered 100’s of acres and towns, all getting along and seeming to embody some kind of “tracking gene” that kept them near to home when they were needed.
Think Lassie and Rin Tin Tin
The truth, well it’s going to disturb some people, the truth is that most “dogs” of this generation were just an off shoot of livestock.
The wanderers still wandered off and got hit by cars, attacked by other dogs, or eaten by wild animals but the farmer, rancher, or land owner didn’t take as much notice of the ones that wandered off.
I suppose less horrific things happened because there was typically less traffic.
But like I said… times have changed.
Dogs dying of an overdose of illicit drugs was probably way less back then too.
I don’t think “dog training” was a real thing, except for police dogs, or dogs in the movies and their training was often sub-par.
And then there was that statement….
“No dogs IN the house”.
That is how I was raised.
My father wasn’t a fan of dogs when I was little, he eventually realized he didn’t like small dogs but he did like large dogs and he gave in on the dogs in the house rule when I was 12 and we got a Chow Chow!
Again, times have changed!
We live in a world where in most places we must contain our dogs.
- Dog Runs
- Invisible Fencing
- Leashes (are the law now)
We do it to keep them safe.
We do it to keep other people safe.
We do it to keep wildlife and other dogs safe.
It is in everyone’s best interests!
And, in a world where most of our dogs are living inside with us, it is our job to control and train them.
I don’t want to live with a dog that poops in the house, chews the dry wall, chases my cat, eats my underwear, bites visitors, steals food, or knocks me down.
But, it is my job to make certain that he doesn’t pick up those habits!
After all, he is a DOG and all of those things are things that dogs just do!
Dogs are not hard wired with our social norms.
It is our job to teach them to control their impulses and how to fit into our lives.
But, like any good relationship, it takes time, effort and kindness!
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I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.