One day, something magical happened with Kip. I share his story because I find that it gives people hope.
Helping a challenging dog is more than mechanics. It is an emotional rollercoaster. As a trainer, I might have the experience to know this is true. Someone forgot to tell my heart.
One problem in particular hurt. Kip would not sleep on the bed at night. Perhaps that seems insignificant. Maybe some people might welcome that problem. Think about what it says when a dog moves off the bed each time you arrive and only when you arrive. It says, “I am aversive to my dog,” meaning that my dog wants to avoid me.
Sleep, in my opinion, is a vulnerable time. Living in the wild, it makes perfect sense to hunker down in a hole. Predators are less likely to find you. In a human house, there should be no…
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