Oscar is Lucy’s pet and has been for the last three years. Lucy lost her husband in a road accident. It was so difficult for her as most of her activities revolved around her husband. In the morning, Lucy and her husband took a walk along the sandy beach of Hawaii.
After that she would prepare breakfast for her husband and Oscar before starting on her household chores. Michael, Lucy’s husband worked from their home. At lunch time, she would make sure she was in the house to prepare food for him. He was the main bread winner for the family.
In August 2012, Michael was diagnosed with cancer of the lungs. It was at stage four. After a short illness he passed away. All this while when Michael was alive, Lucy did not even at one time bath, feed or give Oscar much attention. So when Michael died, she was had no idea how she could take care of Oscar.
During the mourning period, Oscar was a great help to Lucy. He kept him busy and though not entirely, she replaced Michael as a friend and companion. Since she did not know how to take care of him, she booked an appointment with a veterinarian for vaccinations and a dog trainer in San Diego to mould some of his awful habits.
On arrival to the trainer’s premises, Lucy was excited that she had found a way to reward her dog for being supportive during her mourning period. Little did Lucy know that it would be another long day for her. Oscar was very calm but as soon as the trainer tried petting him, he jumped up and barked. The trainer tried petting him again; Oscar jumped on him, threw him down and bit his hands. Lucy was so terrified she screamed for help. Pet owners rushed to scene to rescue the trainer. Oscar finally let go of the Trainer but as he was running away from all the noise, he was hit by a reversing car and got a fatal injury. Lucy wondered, “ is a dog was really a man’s best friend or nightmare?”
Lucy felt like she had done more harm than good to Oscar. She had made some obvious mistakes which most people make when looking for dog trainers. For example, when she arrived at the trainers premises, she did not monitor the mood of her dog. Oscar did not wag his tail so he wasn’t comfortable. Since she had never attended previous dog training with Michael, she did not know what to look for and the best environments for dog trainings. The training centre was noisy and the trainer’s voice was loud, it could easily be confused for yelling. Oscar must have felt insecure due to the noise.
After the whole incidence, the trainer was so bitter at Lucy. Dog trainers are meant to help dogs acquire good habits. This was not a right attitude. If a dog trainer makes you feel inadequate, let go of them. Lucy did not know that she could report the dog trainer to the association of Professional Dog Trainers. They handle unprofessional dog trainers.
Like Lucy, many pet owners mean well for their dogs but end up experiencing a dog training gone bad. Take time to get the best dog trainer. A dog cannot be forced into a good habit, they need to feel secure, loved so that they can adopt to the expect behaviour.