One of our earlier posts displayed our frustration at people thinking I am not trained because I don’t take commands from strangers. Well, this one is about stranger’s amazement at me being able to sit quietly while on the job.
It’s a common scenario, my Person and I go into a shop, I lay down on the ground and wait until she has done whatever she needs to do. There is always someone who sees me waiting quietly as people walk over the top of me and bump me with bad, and they say to my Person, “Wow! You dog is so well behaved!”
I have never understood people’s shock at me just sitting there. I mean, I’m a SERVICE DOG! What do people expect? Should I be barking at shopping carts? Rushing up to strangers? Eating food off the floor? Jumping all over my Person, knocking her off her feet?
Perhaps it’s because people have grown so used to seeing misbehaving dogs that they just assume that this is simple the way all dogs are.
Let it be known that any dog can be trained, some are easier than others, but given the time and effort on the owner’s behalf any type of dog can be taught to behave. I was a full on puppy and it took a lot of intense training from my Person and joining a local dog training club for me to learn to behave myself.
If my Person had not put in all that effort I certainly would not be the sensible (most days), mature dog I am today.