We have a confession. Are you ready? Sure?
Our dogs aren’t perfect*.
Shocked? Despite being Dog Snobs, our dogs have their foibles. What stops us from being Dog Hypocrites though, is that we are well-aware of these issues and do our best to manage them.
Training and management are key for pretty much everything dog-related. Is your dog an asshole around other dogs? Doesn’t like being in tight spaces like elevators? Wants to eat kids? Hates skateboards? That’s cool….as long as you don’t sit back on your laurels and let them act a fool. Training can work wonders, but can only go so far so fast. Until you have a handle on your dog’s issues, manage the shit out of them. Putting your dog into situations that you know they are an asshole just makes you an even bigger asshole.
The first step, like most things, is acknowledging you have a problem. We know that you love your baby fluffy-kins more than cheese and crackers, but not being willing to admit that they can be an asshole in certain situations doesn’t do anyone any favors. Your dog can still be your favorite thing in the entire world…and still be a jerkface at times.
Once you’ve acknowledged that your dog is not in fact the Mother Theresa of the canine world, the next step is coming up with a plan. Pro tip: Hoping it just goes away is not a plan.
Sometimes this plan may involve simply paying better attention to your surroundings or advocating for your dog, but sometimes it might actually take some lifestyle adjustments. These changes can range from changing the time of day you go on walks to avoid triggers, muzzle-training your dog, or accepting that you will have to take the stairs instead of the elevators because your dog turns into Cujo in tight spaces. Trust us, people will judge you far less if you have to occasionally dive head-first into a bush to avoid other dogs on a walk than if you let your dog release the kraken on every single dog who passes by as you stand by and twiddle your thumbs.
We get that having a dog who is an asshole can be a work in progress and that sometimes there are slip-ups, but intentionally having your head so far up your own ass that you don’t even admit that your dog is an asshole, well…that’s just shitty.
*not perfect, but pretty darn close!