Faith is a dog that fell into the trap of being too adorable. We have all seen small dogs that are undisciplined because they are too small to punish and she is the embodiment of this old story.
Faith is a very smart and dominant little dog and she had ordered her life so that she never had to do things that were uncomfortable or disagreeable. But this came at a price that she could not have anticipated. Because she nipped her owners when they did something she didn’t like, the correctly assumed that she would do the same to other people in the community and so Faith was stuck at home and unable to enjoy the world at large.
During our time together I gained a tremendous amount of respect for Faith. She has more mental willpower and determination than any dog I have ever met before and she is not afraid to express herself.
Her case is very unusual in the fact that her family was doing all of the right things with their dogs and Faith was still unable to find a harmonious spot in her household. After working with her though I found that she is just very opinionated and very strong willed.
My work with her was intensive and constant and she took fully twice as much attention as any of the thousands of dogs that I have come into contact with but with every difficulty there is an equal reward and when her behavior is good Faith is one of the most wonderful little dogs that I have ever known.
She is clever and entertaining and brings joy to those whose lives she has touched. She has been a renewal for me of my favorite maxim; ‘No dog is beyond help.’ I truly believe that any dog can change their mind about any idea at any time of life.