In today’s post, I want to talk about dog problems. It’s rare to just have one. More often than not, you have many problems—but only a few that are bothering you.
Owners frequently call us to say: “My dog is amazing, but he has one problem!” That problem might be something comparatively small, or it might be something bigger. It’s always bizarre to hear someone say “My dog’s perfect except for the fact that he attacks other dogs.”
Has there ever been a dog that only has one problem? Maybe. But that’s not what is happening here. In these cases, the owners identify only one problem because it’s the only thing that’s bothering them. In reality, plenty of other issues are going on that they just don’t recognize.
As an example, let’s imagine a dog that barks at other dogs on a walk. That isn’t the only problem present. This dog probably also doesn’t walk properly on a leash or heel correctly. The dog might even charge right through the door at the beginning of the walk.
If you look deeper, there might be other issues. Perhaps the dog doesn’t respect its owner or see them in a leadership role because not much is asked of him in the house. This dog probably isn’t very obedient. While he may not be causing problems or ripping up the house, you probably can’t get him to stay for ten minutes. In short, the barking isn’t the only problem.
Very rarely do dogs only have one problem. Almost always, that “one thing” is stems from another thing, which is related by another thing, which is the next-door neighbor to another thing, which has a root cause in another thing!
I’m not trying to scare you or to imply that your dog is out of control, just to say that problems aren’t usually isolated. More often than not, if you look at the problem from a fundamental perspective, you’ll find that there are other issues present. Those issues may not be causing you any consternation, but they need to be addressed if you want to get rid of the annoying issue.
Just realize that there may be more going on inside your dog than you think. If you don’t see the whole picture, you’ll get the wrong idea of who your dog is.