March 5, 2013 @ 5:02 PM

Part of my job as a private dog training instructor is doing a thorough behavior intake on the dog on the first lesson. Often my clients call me for a problem that is small compared to the one they really have, and they are not even aware of it. So it falls on me to tell them, "your dog has an aggression issue, but I can help". No client wants to hear this, especially when they perceived the behavior to be normal. I am often met with hostility, denial, justifications for the behavior, or fear.

Growling is normal for dogs, just not acceptable for a pet dog that the family and their guests needs to trust and be safe around. I understand how they feel, no one wants to hear this information about their otherwise loving dog. This is .........

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