8 responses

  1. Kolchak & Jodi
    November 20, 2011

    Great post! I subscribe to the same theory. If Kolchak “misbehaves” it’s only because *I* have failed to properly train and instill the behaviors I want. As much as I’d like t believe I am the flawless trainer and he is just willfully disobedient, sadly, the more likely truth is that I have strayed the course somewhere along the way.

  2. DeborahLM
    November 21, 2011

    Once again, a great post! It’s another one I’d love to share. Thanks, Kevin.

  3. KellyK
    November 21, 2011

    Thank you for this. It’s a great post. I agree that if a dog “misbehaves,” it’s usually our fault. One of my dogs recently destroyed my knitting basket. I was angry, of course, but I had to admit that I’m the one who closed her in the bedroom without a really good distraction (like a Kong toy), I’m the one who left the basket where she could get it (bad human, no cookie!), and I’m the one who assumed that the fact that she wasn’t barking to get out meant that she was still sleeping.

  4. Jana Rade
    November 26, 2011

    Well, our definition of misbehavior and dogs’ definition of misbehavior aren’t the same thing, are they?

    And it is my observation that when dogs do commit our definition of misbehavior it is often out of boredom or frustration.

    Long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, my hubby and his friend were stuck in the house babysitting on Saturday night, while the women went I-don’t-remember-where-and-it’s-not-important. After the kids went to bed they opened a bottle of whiskey and got very bored. They found a box of tampons and found that soaking them wet and “spit-wadding” them upwards, they would stick to the ceiling beautifully. It was a great game and they used two boxes. Just when the women returned, the tampons dried enough to start falling off, one by one… For some reason they [the women] didn’t appreciate the embellished ceiling. Why not? It was so much fun getting all the tampons up there…

  5. Ted
    January 15, 2012

    I think that you have summed it all up in item 2.
    If someone comes to me and, for example, says “My dog won’t sit” My reply is “No. You mean you haven’t taught it to sit”
    Nice article though!

  6. Ted
    January 15, 2012

    It is also my strongly held belief that ‘tired dogs do not cause any trouble!’

  7. Nikki Carter
    January 5, 2014

    I love this photo! Would you be ok with me using this picture as part of my webpage with the slogan “we can probably fix it” below the photo? We have a vinyl and leather repair shop.

    Thank you!

    • Kevin Myers
      January 7, 2014


      That is a photo that I licensed through Fotolia so I can’t grant you permission to use it. You can, however, license it for yourself. It can be found at http://us.fotolia.com/id/1068800.

      It would make a great photo for a repair shop like yours!

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