Anything puppy-related catches my eye on Facebook these days. So when I saw a post from a local TV station titled “National Puppy Day: Bad Puppies,” my interest was piqued. The station’s Facebook post stated that they had received many pet photos from viewers, and would now post a gallery of “bad puppies.”
I was tired, so I didn’t process the quote marks right away, thinking that maybe the news station was posting awkward puppy photos, bad camera angles, goofy human photographic gaffes, etc.
Needless to say, I was unpleasantly surprised to see photos of pets with torn-up household items, I scratched up door, signs saying they have done misdeeds.
I’m not even going to get into these “shaming” signs people hang around other people’s and pet’s necks, post them online and laugh…
I did not see a single “bad” dog in that gallery.
What I did see were dogs trying to give their human a message:
- I’m bored.
- I’m alone and scared.
- No one has taught me what I can chew on.
- I’m scared.
- I really need your attention.
If your dog is tearing up your stuff, getting in the trash, etc. it means YOU are a behaving like a bad puppy parent. YOU need to pay more attention to your dog, make sure your house is puppy proofed — You wouldn’t get mad at your toddler for putting a small item in her mouth that you left on the floor, would you? — train your dog in a positive way, and did I mention give your dog more attention?
Need ideas on how to improve your puppy parenting? Read “Chewing: The Hows And Whys Of Stopping A Gnawing Problem” by The Humane Society of the United States.
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