It’s been a long day, and I was already kind of frustrated in general. Grem’s laying next to my chair, and for some reason the other dogs in the house started going off. I told Grem to be quiet, and when he didn’t… I just sort of lost it and smacked his face. I KNOW it’s the…
I used to get super frustrated with Diego too. Sometimes I just wanted to give that boy a spanking! But yes, having a plan on what to do next time will really help. I find that if I just remove Diego from the room and get myself some tea I feel better. But once you know how to handle the situation ahead of time it’s really easy. For example when Diego gets hyper in the mornings, he will hump his sister, Ginger. I used to physically pull him off, but now I use a firm voice. Using your voice is so much better than force.
I remember one time he we were on a walk and a cat was close by. (this was before his training for passing distractions) He would not keep walking and was just so focused that even I couldn’t pull him away. So since he did not have a collar on, just a harness, I grabbed him by the scruff and told him “come!!!” Even though he finally listened, I felt awful!!! (Diego can be off-leash with our cat now, so there’s extra proof for force free training!)
It will make you feel like a good owner when you compare your dog’s life to others. Some get so severely abused every day! (I’m actually going to be reporting a neglect case tomorrow) I’m not giving an excuse for us who get irritated and overreact from time to time though. I always tell myself, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. I also find that listening to Ian Dunbar talks often helps.