“Call him Voldemort, Harry. Always use the proper name for things. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.” – Dumbledore
This is my Darwin. I rescued him when I was 19 years old. He was my best friend for 12 years before he crossed the Rainbow Bridge about 10 years ago. He was also a complete asshole.
Darwin once found a dead raccoon in the back yard, and rolled on it. It was the worse smell I have ever endured in my entire life.The smell emanating from my dog was unbearable. Like a summo wrestler took a shit on a burning tire. It was kinda cathartic to finally admit it out loud: My dog is an asshole
It would have made a maggot gag.
I spent over 4 hours trying to get the smell off of him, and at that point, me as well, thus causing me to have to cancel a date with a guy I had been crushing on foh-evah. Like, since 4th grade.
Darwin seemed to have problems with skunks. Especially how he envisioned his relationship with them…
…versus the reality.
As Dumbledore pointed out to Harry in the quote in the beginning of this post, fearing to name something what it actually is can be detrimental. I hear this a lot from my clients.
Client: Hi, I’m interested in dog training. I have a 7 month old puppy. He’s been biting us, jumping, stealing things from the counter and this morning chewed our sofa.
Me: Wow – he sounds like an asshole!
Client: He is! Thank you for saying that! I love him but he’s SUCH an asshole!
It’s okay to call a thing a thing. It doesn’t make you a bad dog owner, and as a matter of fact, you may feel better when you finally accept that your dog is an asshole…you can move on now. Start to address why he is that way, and what steps you can take to address the behaviors that are unsavory. Begin to Pilot his behavior, and answer his questions.
He has a very good reason for everything he does.
So it may seem to you that your dog is an asshole, I think what we all mean is your dog is a great dog, he sucks at being human. Some dogs just get how to “human” easier than others. Congratulations, your dog sucks at it.
Now let’s learn how to communicate your adorable little asshole. Because let’s face it, he probably thinks you really suck at being a dog.
What’s the most “asshole” thing your dog has ever done?
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