I'm always sharing about the progress that the dogs have made which got me thinking, what about the progress I have made over the last couple of years with six dogs and unique circumstances? So I thought I would take a minute and share some of profound ideas that have been developing over time that is making my life easier for me and the dogs.
I used to think that I had to have a set time and space in order to train. I don't do well with schedules and deadlines and since the dogs are quite used my randomness, I have begun to use it to work for us. I've been learning to weave our training through the day. Like in this recent post.
I also never could fully grasp how to utilize taught commands to bypass bad behavior. For some reason it took a while for this one to sink in. Like it just didn't occur to me when any of the dogs were getting out of hand to tell them to sit. It was like a new awakening.
I have focus quite heavily on the Brut, Chance and Blaze for the last few years as they were the highest priority that I spent little time training Zappa, Fiona and Silver. Man, does it show! I have begun with small training exercises with them on some of our problem areas.
I began a list for each dog noting each of their issues that need to be addressed, making it easier for me to remember. I never thought about writing it down until I read a post by Married with Dawgs. (slaps forehead) Since I'm usually in a constant shuffle with dogs, I can just take any opportunity as it presents itself. Eliminating X amount of pressure that I am notorious for putting myself under.
I refuse to have a time table in which to accomplish these goals, only that I keep working on them. There are just too many animals in this home to tend to and I need to give all of us as much wiggle room as possible to help in the success. I have their entire lives to work with them and if I have learned nothing else, time will take care of everything.
I will probably be doing all of things for some time without worrying about a finish line and I think that's awesome! It has taken me quite some time to break my own chains of how our dogs should be trained and give myself the freedom to do what works best for them and myself. And that my friends is a beautiful gift. :)
So what work's for you? What you have you changed in your thinking or style to accommodate you and dog's lifestyle? I'd love to hear about it!
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