If there's one thing dogs and humans have in common, it's that you won't find a member of either group who's perfect. And think about it: you wouldn't want to. Consider your favorite people—part of what renders them so endearing are their quirks, complexities, and funny habits. The same goes for your pets; their idiosyncrasies are what make them lovable and unique.
That said, you do want your dog to be a well-behaved, self-assured, and respectful member of the family. Setting expectations and establishing clear communication helps ensure a truly happy coexistence.
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