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  •  I also know that. But it's still fun to enjoy :). (11+ / 0-)

    My mother spoiled the family Boston to the point that he believes that he is the second-in-command after her; neither my father nor I rate on his personal chain of command and he responds to us with aggression, some faux and some probably real.  But at I guess 12 years or older, it feels cruel to try to re-train him from zero (all of us have experienced changes in our situations in the past five years).

    I get frustrated but accept it, knowing that someday there's going to be more dog training in our future and maybe then we'll do better.  Because the same bad habits have been instilled in both of the family pets we've had since birth, I plan to agitate for help from a professional trainer - my mother believes herself to be a veritable doggie psychologist, and for all I know, perhaps she is, but when both dogs (the second born a year after the first passed on) have had the exact same defiance and boundary issues, it's fair to assume that we may be causing (or at least enabling) those issues.

    This dog also has his upsides, even if he is a scheming, evil genius :) - of the many dogs my mother has had over her lifetime (at least five, what with her parents' dogs as well - we or her parents have never owned more than one dog at a time), we've never had a dog that was so much of a "family" dog that he sleeps with a different human many nights.  I recognize that, when he goes off to that doggie field of dreams and we invite another one into the house, it'll probably never be that way again; it's not in dogs' nature to be willing to treat three different beds with three different owners as being equally home-like.  Most nights he'll go with my mother, some nights he'll dash in here right before I close my door and park on my bed like big comforters are going out of style, and he'll occasionally even try to sleep in my father's room when he's not in Asia.

    "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

    by auron renouille on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 03:10:09 PM PDT

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