When I finally got serious about not having my arm come out of my socket, I knew I had my work cut out for me. I started in December 2010 with my first post of my decision and our first practice. Pain has a way of being a great motivator and was the only thing that kept me from not going back to the old ways. While I used the same basic techniques I'd used in the past, this time no matter what I was as consistent as possible. My biggest falter besides my habit of giving up and thinking I couldn't do it. Sometimes the walks were disasters, some were great successes, but the one thing they had was consistency and determination. It is the longest I have ever had either for leash training my dogs and Chance made it seem like piece of cake.
I never realized all the blessings that would come out of training Chance to walk on a leash. Leash walking has always been a huge weakness for me and I have always struggled to overcome that weakness. Our communication and connection was strong before we started, but what I didn't expect was the understanding of our communication and what it would mean on our walks. I have always been so impatient trying to get from point A to B, that I could never considered stopping for five minutes while I waited for him to calm or turning around and back for his attention, but now they are part of our walks. Mostly, I never considered the freedom that we would share on our walks and the joy of working as a team. That was proven most to me with our walk at the park. Now there was an ultimate respect that runs through the leash and a soaring in my heart because I am having the time of my life walking my boy, Chance.
Chance and I would also like to send out a heartfelt thanks to everyone who has encouraged us and stuck by our story along the way. Your support has meant a great deal to us and we couldn't have done it without you.
Thank you for helping my Mommy!
Cause there was no way she'd make it this far on her own!!