Have goals in your dog training.
One on my favorite quotes is by Zig Ziglar. He says “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it ever time”.
So often in life, we press forward without a goal or direction. For something’s that works (creating music, art, and a fun relaxed day). However, for other things (finances, dog training, child raising, career goals) not so much. So when you are considering a new puppy/dog purchase, think abut what you envision your ideal day-to-day interaction to be with your dog. Where will your life be in a year or five years? Are you single, recently married with kids on the way? Do you live in an apartment with hopes of a home with a fence? The dog you may want today may not be ideal with the pending wedding and birth of a baby in the next year. With training a dog, what would you like the dog to do and not do on his own? A big part of dog training is consistency. Well to be consistent we need to be honest with ourselves about what we can maintain in the long run. A theme that has served me well in child raising and dog training is “Start as how you wish to proceed.” However, to start a race, it is helpful to know where the finish line is. Knowing where the goal is in life helps you score. So be proactive, make a plan, think about the future, dream, and envision your future dreams becoming a reality. Because as Zig Ziglar says, “if you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.”
Now go out there and achieve! Adam