You calm my pain

So this not so much a dog training moment in time, but a moment in time I wanted to share just the same. Yesterday my daughter (who is six), was strumming away on her little Martin guitar and kept singing a line repeatedly. It was “My heart has had to suffer through all this pain. But when I think of you, you calm the pain” After she cycled through it 4-5 times I asked where she heard it. At church or the radio (because the kid has a great memory for lyrics and scripture) and she just shrugged and said it was in her head. So I still do not know if it was from an existing song or not. However, she kept singing and I started to write down what she sang. After 10 minutes of working on it, she came up with this.

“My heart has had to suffer through all this pain
But when I think of you, you calm the pain
You can be hurt by love
and healed the same
My heart has had to suffer through all this pain
But God’s love can heal you when you call his name
You can be hurt by love
and healed the same
God’s love can heal you when you call his name”

It is so cool watching young minds develop and the things that kids come up with. Therefore, here is where the dog training and child-raising model can converge or mirror each other. Children and mammals in general benefit from structure and expectations. Nevertheless, allow the freedom for self-discovery, trial and error, creativity, decision-making, and confidence building. Guide where needed, let them expand where possible, hold accountable at times to create reliability and just enjoy the process.

Be blessed today, Adam

 

Adam Bush, CMT

Adam Bush is a Certified Master K9 Trainer with 23 years of experience.

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