Sunday, November 3, 2013

We all have moments of frustration, those dark seconds when our mind swings into over load and we have the potential to spew out violent words and jerky body movement.
The key is knowing your own limits.
Dog training is for some a calling, others a joy, and at some moments a black hole.......something that you know needs to be done but at the same time you feel despair at the thought of picking up your leash and working with your dog, the truth is I am sure that at some point everyone of us has been there.
If you find yourself staring into the abyss and wondering what comes next, take a step back and reevaluate the relationship you have with your dog. What do you love about them? What is individual about them, and what do they do that makes you smile?
Taking a moment to look into your own thoughts and assess where you are, will help remind you why you want to put the effort into training. Next time you pick up that leash make it a thing of joy, start in small increments and play to learn with your dog. Five minutes of your attention is better than nothing, 5 minutes of playing and working on the things your dog knows will help reinforce the hard work you have already put into them.

Remember to find your inner peace before you ever pick up the leash. If you feel over tired and irritated, or annoyed than it’s not worth ruining all your hard work. Throw a ball instead and see if the joy in your dog’s eyes and the exuberance in his movement is enough to help chase those feelings away.  There is no time table but the one you set for yourself, and sometimes the detours you take make the roads you will travel and the experiences you gain all the sweeter and more meaningful.

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