|Barked: Thu Oct 4, '12 11:32am PST |
|I like #9: "9. Stop excusing yourself—be yourself
You don’t have to excuse yourself or your dog for the way you are. As long as you don’t bother anyone, you are both entitled to do what you like and be the way you are. You don’t need to be good at anything, whether it be Obedience, Agility, Musical Free Style, Heel Work to Music, Flyball, Frisbee Dog, Earth Dog, Ski-Joring, Bike-Joring, Earthdog, Rally-O, Weight Pulling, Carting, Schutzhund, Herding, Nose Work, Therapy, Field Trials, Dock Dogs, Dog Diving, Disc Dogs, Ultimate Air Dogs, Super Retriever, Splash Dogs, Hang Time, Lure Course Racing, Sled Dog Racing or Treibball; and you don’t need excuses as to why not. You don’t even need to excuse the fact that your dog can’t sit properly. Change what you want to change and can change; and don’t waste time and energy thinking about what you don’t want to, don’t need to or can’t change. Do whatever you and your dog enjoy, however you like, so that both you and your dog are happy. It’s as simple as that!"
I find myself getting a bit wistful when I read about others doing so much with their dogs & wonder if I should do more
But then I remember.."I'm lazy" My dogs are trained to be good ambassadors of their breed, and that is good enough for me. I do refresher stuff all the time, and look for new ways to occupy their sharp minds, but they are first & foremost my pets and companions. That is good enough for the three of us, so I need to accept that and not keep looking at the *greener grass on the other side of the fence.
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