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What happens at the cottage doesn’t always stay at the cottage

What happens at the cottage doesn’t always stay at the cottage

I never imagined I would become a blogger but what a great way to express my thoughts and yes, they are strictly my opinion.

In classes I often discuss not having “cottage rules” versus “city rules” or should I say “city rules” and “what happens at the cottage doesn’t always stay at the cottage.”  Although cottage season may be over for most, this topic can apply to so many situations.

Whenever Corbyn is given the opportunity, he lives to swim and retrieve his bumper.  I have seen him swim past a family of ducks – focused!!!!!!

Now envision a situation where  your surroundings may become more relaxed aka cottage life.  The dog bolts through an open door to get to the lake, leashing becomes a nuisance and it’s ok if he doesn’t respond to “Come” right away, he’s having fun.

Now picture returning to the city where bolting out the door may lead to a busy street, lack of loose leash walking results in you falling on an icy sidewalk and a lost come command can result in an unimaginable consequence.

Our dogs only see situations in black and white and there are no grey areas, thus the need for consistency.  If your dog can safely enjoy freedom then what a lucky dog and kudos to you for great training and making his commands part of everyday life.  If returning to city life results in retraining and frustration, does the blame lie with the dog?????