As I read through the Facebook updates every morning, I am continually astonished at the stories about dogs doing bad things. I'm not astonished that dogs DO these things, but that the owners almost seem to be bragging about it. Rather than correcting and training their dogs, or taking measures to prevent these things from happening again (like using a crate), these dog owners seem to take delight in trying to "one up" each other on whose dog(s) can be the worst. Drives me crazy!
Whatever happened to the idea of raising your dog to be a good pet and companion? One that can be left loose in the house without destroying things, doesn't steal everything off the counter, jump up on the table, threaten the company, and destroy the furniture? Stealing the sandwich out of your hand between the plate and your mouth really isn't very funny, nor is it "cute" when your dog starts to scream and fuss when you walk out the front door. An adopted adult dog may arrive with these behaviors (and that may be the reason he was homeless to begin with), but there is no reason to accept this for the rest of his life. Train him! And there is absolutely no excuse for accepting this from a dog that you raised from a puppy. Yes, preventing these behaviors takes time, training and SUPERVISION, but if you don't have the time for training your dog, perhaps you don't have time for a dog at all.