Have you ever been kicked in the chops?
I've been kicked in the teeth which is something I’d like to forget but I’m not talking about physically getting kicked in the teeth - I mean emotionally.
Have you ever had your heart ripped out and handed back to you on a platter with French fried potatoes?
But, there is often a great lesson to be learned.
I was told by one of my first instructors that I would be a terrible dog trainer. That I would bore my clients to death and have a hard time staying in business.
Can you imagine someone telling ME that?
ME- the guy that named himself The Amazing Dog Training Man with over 11 million views on YouTube, four books on Amazon, sends this daily email out to over 65,000 dog lovers with thousands of “Likes” and fans on Facebook and Twitter.
Turns out it was the BEST thing she could have said to me. It became the fuel that still drives me today.
Which is why you should not get upset or feel guilty when someone tells you you've been doing something to screw up your dog. There are “experts” everywhere ready to tell you what you should and should not be doing with your dog
And I don’t know what it is about dog trainers but they love to tell dog owners what they are doing wrong.
The first step I try to cover with my clients is to start focusing on what their dog is doing right. It is easy to focus on what the dog is doing wrong but remember this….
…..what you focus on is what you get more of.
Focus on all the bad behavior and guess what? More bad behavior.
Focus on what your dog is doing right AND focus on what you are doing right with your dog.
I’ll bet the biggest steak in Texas you’re doing more good than you think.
Until next time.
Your friendly neighborhood dog trainer,