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[VIDEO] Dog Training Mistakes, Mishaps and Failures

I like to think I do my best to show the good, bad and ugly of sharing life with dogs. Still, what ends up on the internet is inevitably more polished than real life. It’s easy to have the camera running when everything is going well, but when things go south I’m the one doing all the running. (And I for one am eternally grateful there is no footage of me trying to catch puppy Penny at the beach)

A full compilation of  all the mistakes I’ve made would last roughly the duration of my life, so today I thought I’d share a very small selection of mishaps I did happen to catch on video. Success looks good on camera, but I’ve found the best way to learn and grow is through failure. And boy have I done a lot of learning. Thankfully my dogs are patient – if opportunistic – teachers.

So next time you’re struggling with training your dog, I hope you’ll find encouragement in the fact that I have failed in ways more spectacular than you can imagine.

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Thank you for sharing this!!! I had an epic Dog Mom fail moment the other day when Simba got loose and started chasing another loose dog (Great Dane) through our neighborhood. Of course recall did not work! I ended up having to run on a merry chase after the dogs for over five blocks and ended up having two people with cars help me round the loose dogs including my wonderful Simba. With much thanks and quite a bit more embarrassment I took my rascal home! This post helps me realize even the best behaved have their moments and gives me hope for my own lovely pup!

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