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Hope For the Disobedient Dog

One morning I was watching the news and a special about disciplining dogs came on.
The program had taken four disobedient dogs to Washington DC dog training in hopes of turning them into refined pets.
Each dog was treated individually and taken through a series of exercises.
One thing they did was use dog clicker training.
When the trainer used a command, he or she simultaneously use the clicker and if the dog obeyed it go a treat.
Eventually, if the dog heard a click it would do the command.
These dogs were making such progress I was amazed.
Each went in a miscreant and came out a jewel.
If there were tryouts for this show, my dog would have made it no questions asked.
Jesse, my dog, and I have a very complex relationship.
As it seems, he wears the so called "pants" of the family.
I didn't think dogs could wear pants, but Jesse has showed me differently.
Jesse is a diva by all standards.
I have lost count of the times I've slept on the couch because he took the entire bed.
Any pillow I have must be tested and approved by him first, and if he likes it, he might choose to take it for himself.
Jesse takes it upon himself to taste-test every meal, whether or not I allow it.
I have tried to reform Jesse to the best of my ability.
I started with a book given to me by my brother-in-law; called Good Masters make Good Dogs.
I followed this book to the t, child-locking my kitchen, putting shock systems on things, but it did absolutely nothing.
Jesse just out-smarted it all.
I was at a loss.
I then turned to my veterinarian.
The vet taught me tricks to correct misbehavior in animals that was "fool-proof".
Well, obviously, my dog is either a genius or a dunce.
Jesse seemed hopeless, resistant to any type of correction.
This special seemed like my last hope.
If it could turn dogs that bit people, barked viciously and ate furniture around I was confident it could help Jesse.
After all, Jesse was harmless at heart, he would never hurt anyone.
All he needed was a little tough love, or a lot.
After watching the news special, I ran to the internet to find out how I could enroll Jesse in such a program.
The news station website was actually running a contest where ten people can win the chance to take there dogs to D.
C.
for training.
I am normally not the type to enter contests, but I was hopeful.
Three weeks later, I got a message on my cell phone from a Washington D.
C.
dog facility.
I had almost forgotten that I even entered the contest, so it was a huge shock.
I was to bring Jesse to the training center in two weeks on a Thursday ready to work.
In anticipation, I had Jesse groomed and checked by the Vet, for posterity's sake.
Now that he was presentable, I loaded Jesse into the backseat of my truck, even though he'd move up front soon, and set off for D.
C.
By the end of the workshop, Jesse was a new dog.
He sat in the backseat on the way home, slept on his dog bed for the first time, and started a new diet void of human food.

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