It can exhausting and heartbreaking having a dog with behavior issues. These problems may present safety concerns or disrupt your daily life to a great extent. At times there is no choice but to focus on the problems to get through every day.
But your dog is more than their issues, and recognizing that will help both of you. If you can have compassion for your dog's struggles, and see their good side, it can help you keep going in the face of difficulties.
Find Ways to Deal With the Emotions
If you're struggling with your dog's behavior issues, try these ideas:
Write down things you LOVE about your dog.
Give yourself permission to be sad and disappointed. Write about your feelings and forgive yourself for being unhappy with your dog.
Envision what life could be like as your dog's issues improve. What activities might you be able to enjoy? How will your everyday life improve?
Work With the Dog In Front of You
Having a goal for the future is important, but stay grounded in the present. Try to accept your dog in their current state, and keep working at making things better.
Get help sooner rather than later. Enlist the help of a reputable dog trainer to help you and your dog improve things. Look for someone who is compassionate to both humans and dogs-- they can motivate and encourage you along the way.
Notice The Progress Your Dog Makes
It's easy to get wrapped up in the everyday struggle and forget how much progress your dog has made so far. Take time every week to notice how far your dog has come.
Have compassion for yourself and your dog as you navigate improving your dog's behavior. YOU GOT THIS!