My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years; any separation from you will be very hard and painful for me. Remember that before you buy/adopt me.
Give me time to understand what you want from me; don’t be impatient, short-tempered or irritable.
Place your trust in me and I will always trust you back. Respect is earned, not given as an inalienable right.
Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment; I am not capable of understanding why. You have your work, entertainment and friends but I only have you.
Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice and tone. You only have to look at my tail.
Be aware that however you treat me, I’ll never forget it, and if it’s cruel, it may affect me forever.
Please don’t hit me. I can’t hit back but I can bite and scratch, and I really don’t ever want to do that.
Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right foods or I’ve been out in the sun too long, or my heart is getting old and weak. It may be that I am just dog-tired.
Take care of me when I get old. You too will grow old and may also need love, care, comfort and attention.
Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, “I can’t bear to watch it” or “let it happen in my absence.” Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember, regardless of what you do, I will always love you.
From Stan Rawlinson, Renowned Dog Behaviourist and Obedience Trainer
Serving Pets and Their Families Across the Atlanta Metro for 15 Years
Richard has trained hundreds of happy dogs. Won’t yours be next?