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"I'm a crazy nut case and running through the garden and you can't catch me"

spurts...

I lose it, but have managed to just bite my tongue so far...
 

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I've lost my temper before, but I find that when I'm most mad and don't say anything at all, they walk like they are on pins and needles around me. All it takes is "the look" and they are instantly, "oh no, what did I do?" and suck-up behavior ensues. Just goes to show you that dogs do pick up your emotions quickly.
 

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Google "I lost my temper with my toddler" and see how common this is in adults. We all do it. I'm furious because my dog is very strong and although he is learning to not pull, he forgets with his nose. It hurts my body because my joints get pulled apart and I yank him back. I am realizing through this process that I am the adult, however. He's a "toddler" and the problem isn't with him. It's with me. I need to learn to grow up and react in a calm, assertive way. I think it will take me a long time, but I am trying.
 
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