As I sit down to write this today, I am distracted by some of the random thoughts that have gone through my scattered brain lately.
I keep returning to a moment last week during a training session when one of my trainers told a client that this is the first job that he's had that he loves.
He actually enjoys coming to work every day.
That made my day.
That isn’t to say that my trainer doesn’t have bad days here.
I’ve witnessed some of his bad days myself.
But it sets my mind at ease to know that my trainers like their jobs.
There’s more than that though.
A big part of success in anything is your mindset.
Where is the focus?
That’s why life coaches recommend that you start your day writing down 3 things that you are grateful for.
It’s a great way to set a positive tone for the day.
If you’ve been reading my e-mails for a while, you’ve probably already guessed that I’m all keeping a Grateful Log.
If you read about my bullet journal a couple of weeks ago, you might have even guessed where I write it.
So, the question I always write here is: what does this have to do with dog training?
A few things, actually:
1. One of the first things we work on when training a dog is focus.
Just like our focus makes a difference in our success, a dog’s focus makes a difference in theirs.
We need their attention to be on the right thing to make progress.
2. An important key to every training session is to end it on a positive note.
Even if everything else about the day has gone wrong, training needs to be a good thing to your dog.
It’s their job.
Always make the end of the training session enjoyable, so the dog wants to work next time.
3. This one has to do with service dogs. We get a lot of questions from people worried that the dogs in service work don’t get to enjoy life being a dog.
That’s not the case at all.
A properly trained dog loves its job.
A service dog would rather be working than doing anything else.
It’s not that service dogs don’t get downtime- time to relax or play.
It’s just that a service dog that loves his job is not happy doing anything else.
The concept is the same whether you are trying to have a better mindset yourself or you have a dog that you need to train.
It’s about having the right focus.
Is your dog not listening to you?
Are you being dragged down the street when going for a walk?
Does your dog jump on everyone that comes for a visit?
Is your dog stealing food off the counter?
Is your dog aggressive at times and you are worried he will hurt someone?
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