I had long given up on my dream of fame, but ironically, I became quite the celebrity wherever I went thanks to Pablo these days.
"Pablo, no! no! no!!! Bad boy! Bad boy!" I would yell as I held onto his harness, trying to stop him from barking and jumping at other dogs and humans. My hands were sore, my voice was hoarse, my nerves were tense, my heart was racing, and I was under a lot of stress. Pablo was loud, and so was I. Our voices could be heard miles away. People would restrain their own dogs and give me sympathetic looks as we approached. Some kind-hearted individuals would even tell me, "He's just trying to protect you." Yeah, right. A walk around the lake with Pablo was enough for everyone to know his name and for me to be known as the poor owner of the crazy dog.
Contrary to popular belief, dogs are supposed to consider humans as their masters, but Pablo clearly thinks we belong to him. For the past five months since we adopted him from the SPCA, he's still been a wild dog, doing whatever he wants and thinking in his little mind that we're just here to make him happy.
To be fair, he's okay at home, though he can be needy and jealous. The problem is outside. He goes crazy when he sees any other dog or some humans. We know that sometimes he just wants to play and other times he feels threatened, but we can't do anything about it. Because of the way he acts, everyone sees him as a crazy bully. Who would want their dog near him, let alone play with him?
We wanted a dog for comfort, relaxation, and companionship, but all we've gotten so far is walks, work, more work, and more walks. I frequently take him to the lake trails, and we've become a well-known pair among the trail walkers.
But the funny thing is, I've become well-known not because of my own achievements or work, but because of the little black dog, Pablo. Maybe "famous" isn't the right word. A more accurate term might be "notorious."
But who cares?
all so very different, aren't they? We have dog parks here and watching them dogs mingle is a lot of fun. I think we humans are very lucky to have dogs for our companion. Happy holidays!
Pablo, a good name! Is he named after Pablo Picasso?
I have two little puppies. One of them is a loud barker too:) she is actually a very sweet and friendly puppy, but she has some issues with big dogs, especially when she is on leash.
luckily, there are a lot of forest trails in the area I live. Dogs can run freely.
A couple of things I found are helpful with her barking problems.
Sometimes I bring some treats with me when I go on walks with them. When other dogs are approaching, I sit her down and give her some treats. This really helps to distract her attention from other dogs:)
Often I forget to bring treats with me. When we see other dogs, I usually lower myself to her level and pat her and talk to her. This seems pto help too. I think she feels threatened by big dogs. When she is on leash, she can't defend herself as well. When I talk to her and pat ger, she feels relaxed and safe.
maybe you can try these things too if you haven't tried yet.:)
Hope you have more pleasant walks with Pablo in 2023! Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!
Give him treat, comfort him, and distract him. That's extactly what I need to do.
The dog was named already before we adopted him. The funny thing is that I only know Picasso's first name as 'Pablo' when I googled 'Pablo', while wondering why he has such a strange name.
And feel helpless in correcting his problems.