Merlin is not dumb, and he’s not a bad dog.
He’s the most loving, sweet, cuddly, affectionate dog I’ve ever been honored to own (or be owned by).
Merlin is reactive. Merlin isn’t treat motivated. That squirrel, dog, cat or Amazon truck that he sees (way before I even notice it), is 1 million times more enticing than any little treat.
He’s not reactive to people at all (I’m sure he'd let in, and try to kiss, Jason Vorhees or Freddy Krueger) but he’s reactive to pretty much everything else. It’s a struggle. Sometimes, I’m successful in the small steps, sometimes I’m not. It’s my job as Merlin’s owner to figure out Merlin’s needs, fears, etc. It’s a long road but well worth it.
So, the next time you see my dog, and you are judgemental, and you think you have the answer, please think again .
Oh, and to all the reactive dogs that I’ve judged in the past, I apologize to the owners. I was wrong. .
And the answer is YES there is a garbage can in the floor of my front seat and YES, it is there because my glove box is broken and YES my dog is in the front seat without a seatbelt and YES I would be devastated if something happened and NO I would never forgive myself. I’m not going to photoshop the realness of this pic for anything - instagram or not.
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