Everybody loves a puppy. It doesn’t matter if it’s a video, television commercial, or the puppy adoption people in front of Petsmart.
Everybody loves a puppy.
Here’s The Problem. Puppies Grow Up.
When they do, and they have not been trained, they may not be so cute and lovable.
Are you training your lovable creature to behave?
For Seniors, This Part Of Pet Loving Is Vital.
There are many who never get the training figured out. Here is a short list of the training fails:
- House broken
- Jumping on visitors
- Eating your favorite shoe
- Barking at people walking past the house
- Barking when left alone
- Climbing on furniture when alone
- Running away at every opportunity
- Tugging on the lease to get away
- Aggression towards strangers
Yes, everybody loves a puppy, but this incomplete list of fails are not what most sign up for when they bring home a new dog.
When it comes to seniors, dogs have an important role. Companionship is a primary purpose behind so many seniors owning dogs. The ‘adoption’ phase offers that special feeling of doing something worth while.
A seventy year old, is not about to open their home to an orphaned child. It would make no sense. None of us are equipped to go through that again. But a pet?
Certainly, most can do that. And many do exactly that. They make the choice to embrace a lonely mutt.
The puppy, and many times, an older dog, come into our collective homes on the pretense of goodwill. But there is a deeper purpose.
The dog is the benefactor of the unintended consequences of our actions. They become so much more than pets.
That’s a little sappy. Maybe over the top. But it does make a point.
Here’s the deal
When the dust settles, the dog came home because most of us want the companionship of a dog.
Remember the ‘Man’s Best Friend’ thing?
Sure, we can help out the cute puppy or sad eyes of an older dog. We open our doors and let them in.
What’s really happening, is we are opening our hearts. We have made a deal. We bring home the puppy, offer a warm bed and hearty meals.
The dog in return gives us unwavering loyalty and companionship. They become our friend.
Subaru, the auto manufacturer, has a commercial running. They attempt to compare the qualities of a dependable car to the relationship man has with his dog.
I love the commercial. It has a great music theme. Willie Nelson is singing, ‘My buddy, my pal, my friend.’ I’m sure you’ve heard it.
I wonder how many actually pay attention to the car. It seems to get lost in the story of a man and his dog.
The Point Is Of Course
We have dogs because we want them.
They become part of the family. We talk to them like people. And they seem to listen.
Seniors are willing to endure nearly anything, to have their pets with them.
Maybe the relationship is not any more significant than younger adults, but, with seniors, the role of the pet just seems…bigger.
Someone once said, “The older we get, the younger we seem to be.”
When it comes to seniors and their dogs, it is remarkably similar to a kid and his dog.
Do You Have A Dog?
Are you training your dog to behave?
Have you ever been with someone else’s dog when it stopped in the middle of the room to ‘take care of business’?
Do you visit friends only to be attacked by their ‘lovable’ canine?
We’ve all seen it. We all know somebody who isn’t able to train their dog.
Don’t they realize that not training a dog, takes all the fun out of having the pet in the first place?
The safety issue is often understated. A dog on a lease that won’t behave is dangerous for many seniors. Especially in icy conditions.
Seniors understand the dangers associated with falls. A broken hip can be fatal. Image having a dog that tugs so hard on the lease that it causes you to lose your balance and you fall.
Maybe you’re that pet owner. Maybe you have the worlds most lovable dog, but for whatever reason, you can’t get it to do what you want.
Puppy And Dog Training Tips Are Everywhere
With over two hundred television channels now available, everything and anything can be seen. One such program had a ‘dog whisperer’ turning the most unruly dogs into lovable fur balls.
The internet is a wonderful place. There are sites offering all types of tips to help train your dog.
Petsmart has a special site to help in getting your dog to behave. Have a look : Petsmart training.
Whether you’re training your dog to come, sit, stay, or just behave, training is vital.
There is a very successful training program available. It’s not free but the video training is guaranteed to turn any dog into the well behaved pet we all wish to have. There is a link to the program at the end of this post.
It happened to me. It’s been six or seven years now.
I was walking across a large parking lot at a gas station. I noticed a couple of women with two Chihuahua dogs. Both animals were on leases. The dogs were tugging and barking.
They were in my path, so I changed direction to bypass them. I saw no purpose in getting close.
When one of the women dropped her lease to light a cigarette. The loose dog ran at me barking. I could do nothing. The dog bit me on the lower calf. My pant leg was torn, the skin was broken and the wound began to bleed.
Did I mention that it hurt. Not a skull numbing pain, but it hurt.
Ultimately, I did nothing. Risky perhaps, if you consider rabies, but I let it go.
Everybody loves a puppy. Older dog? Maybe not. If you’re a dog owner, you are probably a dog lover.
Here’s The Rest Of The Story
The training of your pet is so important that it can not be overstated. While you love Fido, if it behaves badly, nobody else will.
In my true story above, had I taken action against the dog that bit me, in all likelihood, the owners would have lost their pet.
My encounter took place at a busy gas station. The dog owners were traveling. Had I called the police, the dog would have been impounded.
The waiting period in the town is two weeks. Just the fees would have cost the owners hundreds of dollars. The fines would have been additional.
I doubt they would have postponed their trip to wait out the impound period.
The point is, an untrained animal is a liability. It cost less to properly train your dog than to endure the circumstances of an incident like mine.
Yes, everybody loves a puppy. If you want them to love yours, train it to behave. Life is so much better when you do.
Questions or comments? Leave them in the comments section and we’ll talk.