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Old 07-01-2009, 18:45   #550
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Originally Posted by BigKid View Post
He gets into his moods just like I do which makes people around me laugh.
That is so awesome that you recognize that. One of the biggest things that people miss when it comes to interacting with their animals is just how much they have an affect on their mood/personality/behavior.

If someones dog is acting out, people are too quick to wash their hands of the situation and wonder what is wrong with their dog. It becomes a issue of pride and they cannot admit they, ultimately, are the root of the issues.

Originally Posted by BigKid View Post
It's just taking time to figure out how to communicate with him what I expect of him. I know I am making mistakes but with yours and Mike's help, I know I'm making a lot fewer of them. Its amazing how much goes into having a companion as opposed to just a dog.
And it will take time. If you really think about it, you are learning a second language, it just happens to be more of an unspoken one.

Originally Posted by BigKid View Post
A lot of people look at me cross eyed when I tell them all that I work do in working with my pup and whats involved. I have to tell them that I didnt get him to have as a backyard ornament. I got him to be my best friend.
Yes, but in time, people are going to rave about how awesome of a dog you have. It is a lot of work now, but in the grand scheme of things, it is a small price to pay for a life time of companionship. Learning how to communicate in way that he'll understand is going to bring about amazing things and you'll have an amazing friend always by your side.
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