Have you ever seen the movie “Turner and Hooch”?
If you have, you’ll remember the “ginormous” dog named Hooch who basically steals every scene from Tom Hanks. He is oozing with slobber, has a deadpan face and is large enough to do damage quickly. The story is simple: dog meets man, man hates dog but has a conscience, dog creates total havoc in man’s life, comedy vignettes to show passing of a disastrous but hilarious time together, dog saves man’s life and, in the end, man and dog love each other.
My hope is that my clients don’t have to go through all of the destruction and mayhem that Tom Hank’s character did in this movie to get to a loving relationship with their dog.
However, containing a dog of the size of a boulder can be daunting… especially if you have a persistent, anxious or resourceful dog. That said, it’s doubly important to have a place that you know your large dog can be safe and successful when you’re out of the house or unable to supervise them.
Every dog is different, so managing your “Hooch” may take some creativity to find the best spot for them, but once they get in the habit of hanging out and relaxing when you’re gone, the more everyone can take a deep relaxing breath.