” If you really want something, you will find a way, if you don’t you will find an excuse.” Dog training by any dog trainer is about finding solutions, not creating more problems.
Have you ever heard a dog say he didn’t go for a walk today because it was too windy? How about I ran out the open door and attacked the neighbors dog, because the cat made me? I totally stole that piece of chocolate cake because it looked so good.. it had been talking to me all day.
As with dog’s, in life, or your career, if you want something, really want it. You will find a way to make it happen. If you aren’t happy with the way that your dog pulls on the leash, you hold the power to change it. Whether it is to take him for a walk everyday, and work on it little by little. There are several videos out there that help guide you in the right direction. If you don’t know how to fix it yourself you can hire someone to help you and your dog through the process.
There are so many options available to us. We often get stuck, but just need to look at things a little differently to get the conclusion that we were seeking. This relates to all aspects of life. Say you wanted and have dreamed of a certain career path. In your heart you just knew that you were meant to do this in some sort of way. You plan, you attend classes, seminars. You have read every book available on the subject, you talk to every expert in the field. However if you aren’t hungry for it, it won’t happen.
Making the choice to change, you have to be willing to make sacrifices on a daily bases to get there. Doing things differently means you will have to be able to prioritize things differently. The nice free time that you once had might have to become a new goal. The 8 hours of sleep that you say are required to function may have to become 6.5 hours. Just like dog’s, if you don’t walk them or seek help, then can’t you complain about the results.
It is quite common that when we talk with a client that they truly do not know, or have the full grasp of what to do to help their dog. That is totally 100% understandable. After all, I don’t think that they know how to “speak” dog. They are doing their absolute best to do what they can. Often times they have already been to a couple different trainers. Have talked to their vet, and studied on the subject. They aren’t making any excuses, they say help me… I am out of my realm of knowledge. That is amazing.
Focus on the Future with your dog, not the past
I know that in the past on so many different things, I have made excuses. Not necessarily with dog’s, but with life. One of the biggest things that life has taught me, is that I can not change circumstances, but I can change my choices and attitude. If I sit and dwell on the past, and how bad I have messed up, or how I should have done it differently it will not change the current situation.
Being completely honest with myself, and look at how I can change things for the future. How I can influence my life. The cards are in my hand. It is up to me on how I react, or think when challenges arise. Am I going to get up when I fall down, or am I going to crawl for awhile on my hands and knees expecting someone to pick me up and carry me?
Comparable to how we work on our dogs unwanted behavior, our goals can be looked upon the same. You have to be willing to take the necessary steps to begin down that path that you seek. What benefit or reward would it be if someone just said here, here is your dream all wrapped up in a bow? Then it is their heart and soul poured into, not yours! Do you want someone else to control your dreams, or are you willing to do what it takes to get there?
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