Nietsche used to say: what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. His words came to my mind as I was thinking about today’s content. In our case they are to be taken less literally and more metaphorically but they serve to understand the substance of the argument, because today we will talk about the fact that problems with dogs can make us learn a lot.
Mind you, having problems with dogs is heavy and nobody wants to have them, even more so if they can be avoided. Not having them is also easy: a preventive solution is not to take the dog (even if doing so you lose a lot), while two less scientific solutions are to rely on the extraordinary adaptive abilities of the quadrupeds and / or not to realize that something is wrong (and possible).
In any case, even if the problems with the dog are not wanted and not sought, there can still be and the unexpected thing is that they can be almost a fortune. Attention, they can be lucky, they are not necessarily. Whether they become a fortune depends on several variables, first of all the type of problems, how and who has them and the educator to whom they are addressed.
Another necessary clarification is that having problems with your dog can be lucky but it does not mean that not having them is bad luck. Obviously not. Having made these clarifications, let’s go to the substance of today’s argument.

  • Because having problems with your dog can be lucky
  • Face to face with the dog
  • Problems and considerations

Why having problems with your dog can be lucky
Why I’m claiming something apparently so absurd
We have seen several times that there is a massive and prevalent popular culture about dogs that has the defect of being made up of false myths . Anyone who has no problems with their dog and happy with what he knows does not even have reason to think that there is a reality of dogs other than the one he knows and has no reason to think that the dog could be better than he is.
Because we have seen, dogs have extraordinary adaptive abilities and may not be happy with the life they have but do not dramatically express their discomfort. Having problems with the dog, therefore, can be lucky because facing them means going to thediscovery of your dog.
Discover his character, his personality, his reasons for him, what motivates him, how he communicates, what he needs. By learning about who is that quadrupedal individual that you have decided to bring into your life, you open yourself up to the world of him and that of his conspecifics, you learn to manage it correctly and you can give him what he really needs. Face to face with the dog
AND the dog in all this
From what is written above it might seem that all the burden of work falls on humans. It is not so. The dog realizes the commitment of humans and is committed in turn. Two people work for a common goal and both, dog and human, know it.
To truly realize how much this mutual commitmentstrengthen and enrich the relationship you can only live it but it is true that you can have an idea by making a comparison with the relationship between humans. And with this; let’s go back to the Nietsche of the beginning: the difficulties, if they don’t kill you, strengthen you.
Said so it seems simple, alas it is not. It’s not something that happens overnight, not even from week to week, it’s a journey, it’s a bit like the Odyssey in which the journey is worth as much as the destination. Problems and Considerations
When it comes to dog problems, there are three fundamental variables:

  • The type of dog problems : the vast majority of dog problems are due to the context, it means that there is one (or more) cause, let’s call it environmental, the problems are manageable and somehow solvable;
  • Humans : they must realize that something is wrong, they must want to understand and they must be ready to commit themselves to improve the situation;
  • The educator : fundamental figure in a situation of problems with your dog. It is she or he who guides and accompanies humans and dogs on the path aimed at improving the situation. His experience, his knowledge and his professionalism are essential for the owner, which is why the choice of the educator is extremely important and narrow.

At this point, some other considerations are needed. First of all, unlike what you can imagine, this is true for all owners, even for those who are not in their first dog experience because, as we have seen, every dog ​​is unique as well as every human-dog combination. There is always something to learn.
Then, solving problems can also mean recognizing and learning to appreciate the value of compromise , because it is very common that solving does not mean the disappearance of problems but their understanding and acceptance, in the softened form that they can take with the work that is done.
This also means learning to manage them and learning to live with them. In other words, solving problems with the dog also means learning to accept and love the dog for who it is and for what it gives, even if it is different from what one would have liked, it also means adapting one’s expectations.
You also need to prepare for fatigue and frustration: it depends on the problems and the causes, of course, but in general when there are problems with the dog facing them is challenging, mentally, psychologically, physically, in terms of time, and also economically. Working with the dog has its ups and downs and it is really important to resist the temptation to give in, or maybe to go the hard way because at some point, almost surprisingly, a series of things will happen for which you realize that all the effort has brought results and the satisfaction is great.
Dealing with dog problems means first of all working on yourself, and sometimes the work is so demanding that it is comparable to a form of psychological therapy. It’s not easy and it’s not fun, but when it’s done right and it pays off, it’s really worth it.

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