Have you ever got a new puppy or dog and thought “what was I thinking?” What in the world am I going to do with this? I think all dog owners have probably went through this one time or another. I know that I have.
I had a dog several years ago that seemed to be perfect. She was a registered chocolate lab that was given to me by one of my students parents. She was a teacher appreciation gift. I never crated her, never had her on a leash, she slept with the kids, and she was very obedient. Just the type of dog you dream of. She was a great fur pet and lived to be almost 20 years old.
I was really missing having a dog. So, a couple years ago, there were free puppies close to where I live. They were supposed to be Schnauzer/Lab mix. My husband and I went to take a look at the puppies. They were so cute! They had one male that looked like a Schnauzer. I fell in love at first sight. The mother was there and she was a registered standard schnauzer. No sign of the father. When we asked about seeing him, the owner said he had recently taken off. Well, it didn’t matter to me. I was already in love!
His first name was Boomer. I had recently decided that I wanted to try my hand at gardening. I took Boomer outside with me and everywhere else that I went. I wasn’t working, so he was with me almost 24/7. He had a crate to sleep in at night. He wasn’t allowed in our bedroom (it’s a no animal zone). Back to the gardening, it was almost as if he was trying to help me. As I was digging up the dirt he was digging up dirt. When I was pulling weeds he was pulling weeds. I called him Groot one day and he got all excited. So I changed his name. For probably the first 6 to 9 months we had a love hate relationship. He would do really great about letting me know when he needed to go out, and then all of a sudden he would just pee on the floor for a few days. It went back and forth. The other problems we had was that he was pulling me and pulling so hard that he pulled me to the ground a couple of times. The other thing was, given the chance; he would take off and not come back for a while. I would call his name and he would take one look at me and bolt. So many times I felt like he wasn’t the dog for me. I was ready to give up and try to re-home him. Then I couldn’t do it.
That’s when I started looking for a program to help me out. Groot is the most bullheaded dog that I have ever had. He does most everything I ask. When it comes to rolling over he refuses. He will do all of his other tricks and not do that one. On my search I discovered a program that helped me do so much more than just correct his behaviors. It taught me how to be patient with him and only reward him for doing well. We even love playing games together. He loves putting one ring on at a time.
About a year ago, I was pulling into my driveway and there was a half – blind little kitten that wasn’t weaned yet. I brought her in the house and cleaned her up. In no time she and Groot became best friends.
This program is great! It is affordable, and because of it, Groot and I are closer than ever! I found out that he was more bored than anything. As a dog mom, I needed to do my part too!
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