It’s not rocket science, our thoughts affect our actions. But do you always pay attention to your thoughts? What about when it comes to your dog’s behaviour – could it be that your thoughts affect that too? Well if thoughts affect decisions and actions, that definitely affects our dogs!
Here’s a common example I see: Karen decides she wants to walk her dog. But milliseconds after she makes this decision, she starts thinking of worst case scenarios.
It’s a busy time of day, what if another dog runs up to us…
My dog pulls on the leash and it’s not really enjoyable…
maybe I’ll just throw the ball for him in the yard instead…
He never listens to me once we get out the front door, what’s the point?
In the above example, Karen isn’t feeling confident in her abilities to control her dog and it’s stopping her from giving the dog what he really needs.
Can you relate?
Training can be fun – it doesn’t have to be a drag.
The great thing about training is that if you were having troubles say, on the walk or in public, you could temporarily replace walk time with training time. This would get you better results when you train away from the home later because it would set up the foundations the dog needs, making the dog more likely to listen to you in any environment.
On top of that, it would build your confidence, leading to more confident thoughts, leading to more confident actions.
AND it would make your dog more tired and satisfied than throwing a ball mindlessly or going on a quick walk.
The first step you have to take with any struggle you are facing and want to change is to believe that you can do it.
If one human can do something, so can you!
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