“If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.”

- Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States

So, what do you expect of your dog?

Sounds like quite an easy question, but it’s quite a tough one for a lot of people to answer. People often have high expectations of their dog’s behaviour, but it is often based on ‘ideal world’ situations. We all know we don’t live in an ideal world!

When people complain that their dog ‘barks at nothing’, that isn’t strictly true. Most often they are barking at something that we cannot perceive. Is it fair to blame our dog for having better hearing than we do? Is it fair to blame our dog for being able to hear ranges of noise that are not audible to us? It often means that dogs are being told off for something we assume they are doing. Is that fair?

Of course not, but sadly it happens all the time.

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