“It’s a question of methods. Everybody wants results, but nobody wants to do what they have to do to get them done.” -Sudden Impact
These days while observing Boo in a new situation, I am always considering how she could become more comfortable to enable success. A solution may be obvious to an educated, skilled and experienced trainer or behaviorist – which I am not. Regardless of my lack of classic education, today my observations, ideas and subsequent training plans for difficult “real life” applications aid Boo’s confidence and lead to success in her missions again and again. It feels very good and there is nothing better in my life than watching Boo in the moment she shines.
With dogs like Boo, an owner has two choices if they resolve to keep the dog. Commit to living life together as an exercise in training, or, alternatively – keep the dog at home, manage their behavior as well as possible and hope for the best. If you find you can make it happen, the work – and it is real work – and commitment is well worth the time you will have invested. The two-fold reward is watching your dog become comfortable and confident out in the world and knowing if your dog’s wellbeing becomes compromised, she has tools to better safely navigate the stress such circumstances may evoke.
Events in the past year have forced Boo to meet many of her greatest challenges head-on. Our success in conquering these challenges was not a simple equation set in stone in the universal, one-size-fits-all “Rules Of Dog Training To Live By Owner’s Manual.”
Our foundation is our day-to-day life-training construed from honest observation, fearlessly and confidently identifying and discarding what does not work for us even if it was “supposed to,” application of a plan and follow through.
No dog fits a mold – those like Boo shatter these casts. It is a labor of love to author their authentic, unique owner’s manuals.
Our recent success in “real-world application” is a direct result of consistent prior follow-through. It’s rote – and it works. Today as we journey down the Rabbit Hole of Boo-Think and arrive at a new locked door, our shoulders are squared with confidence. A golden key forged from prior follow-through feels natural in our palm. We place our key in the lock, open the door and survey the contents with experience and heightened senses. We devise strategy, keep it simple, disregard what we find unnecessary, apply, follow through, write the chapter – then close the door.
So different from our beginnings, which often seem a lifetime ago and other times yesterday. In those early days we first had to search for information and filter it – then understand and learn how to best apply a key for that new door; oftentimes re-tooling the key and dropping it from sweaty, nervous fingers several times before we could even crack open the door.
Not no more.
“My, oh my – look how the time flies, Look how the world changes in the blink of an eye. My, oh my – look how the years have flown, Turnin’ around before you know it – up and gone. Oh my, oh my, oh my…” -The Wreckers