Many clients of problem dogs are afraid that their pet, once a happy-go-lucky pup, has gone bad. Or they fear that an evil gene is now beginning to express itself, or worse, that they have failed their dog in some irretrievable, unredeemable way. As I go on to assure them that there is nothing constitutionally wrong with their dog, that their dog’s output is simply recapitulating its input according to principles of thermodynamics, which to me is great news since it means that it’s a law of nature that their dog can be healed, some sigh and say “I hope you’re right.” Unfortunately however hope won’t do us any good and so I reply: “Hope is a four-letter word.” It’s the difference between saying; “I hope help is on the way.” versus; “I know help is on the way.” What we need is faith. “Okay, then I will have faith in you.” Nope, we’re not quite there yet. “Don’t put your faith in me, have faith in your dog.” A dog will always choose flow over fear once he can feel it. Our job is to help him feel it. Then help IS on the way.