Hi, my name is Lisa. I am a certified animal behavior consultant based in Fairfield County, Connecticut. I know that your family dog probably pushes your buttons and most likely on more than one occasion you've said to yourself "Why did I do this to myself?!... My old dog never used to act like this... Why is my neighbor's dog better behaved than my dog?". I completely understand. I've worked with and trained my own dogs and horses for over twenty years. I had never faced such a challenge until I received my Boston Terrier/French Bulldog Mix, Ari. At six months old Ari was robbing the bathroom of toilet paper, using the living room as a "potty-spot", and using my arms as a chew toys. He had the most unbelievable amount of energy and fascination for shoes that I had ever experienced. Eventually, we conquered his unruly ways and I am proud to say that at one-year-old he is a perfect gentleman (most days). So no matter how much your dog tortures you..... or your children, I understand your frustration. I know together we can help him or her become a well-mannered member of your household.
Dogs aren't human but they can still have etiquette.