We all have this idea in mind when we bring these wonderful four-legged critter into our lives. We have this beautiful picture in mind. Sometimes, despite our best intentions and attempts to bring this beautiful picture to the surface, things just don't seem to be working.
Just like people, our animals have unique personalities. Where a particular approach works well for one person, it may not work for another. Cookie cutter approaches don't work for everyone. They don't work for our animals either.
There are many reasons our pet's behavior doesn't reflect what we'd like to see. Perhaps your beloved pet was a rescue that has had some traumatic experiences that you are not aware of or simply needs a different approach.