This is such a big one not only for dogs but in life as well. I see so commonly people blaming their dogs, saying the dog has problems, etc.
Most of the people saying that are coming from a perspective of thinking a dog should give the human things the human wants yet don't give the dog things a dog wants.
When dogs get frustrated, pent up, put in leadership positions they don't want, claim their owners and start exhibiting unwanted behaviors, people blame their dogs.
This may sound harsh but it's the truth and people need to hear it. If you say you love your dog but do not fulfill their instinctual needs and then blame them for unwanted behaviors, you're lying to yourself and your dog.
Most people will go on and on about how much they love their dog yet their dog is frustrated, pent up, stressed, leading when they don't to be and overall unhappy.
What that person is really saying is, I love having my dog around so I can pet it to make me feel good and I'm not concerned with his/her needs. He/she should just behave for me.
Imagine being in a relationship like that where the other person only cared about their needs and didn't give a shit about your needs. At least as humans we have the choice to end that relationship. Dogs, not so much.
Awareness followed by taking action is when everything changes. If people can understand this and flip the script by putting the dogs instinctual needs 1st before their emotional needs, everything will change for the better.
The problem is, that's the harder way. The easy way is to dump affection on the dog, pet it, buy it a million toys and outfits and falsely feel like you are making the dog happy. Thats for the human to cover up the guilt of not fulfilling their dog. The harder way is when true happiness and fulfillment happens, just like in life.
Start with a MINIMUM of 2 hrs of structured exercise with your dog daily before we even begin to discuss behavior problems. Hold yourself accountable with your dog and in life. Stop blaming externally and start blaming internally. This may be tough to hear but taking action on this will change the relationship with your dog and change your life for the better!💕