In The House of Dog – Giving Thanks

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.”— Aesop

Well, friends, tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I know most of us think it’s corny to sit back and reflect on what we have and should be thankful for. But how often do you really do that? How often do you stop and think about everything good in your life? Are you thankful for your family, friends, pups?

What does this have to do with dog training? Well, in practical application, not a lot. But it helps you with your training and your mental health while you train.

A thankful attitude can help keep you positive when you are running into problems. Can’t quite master that stay? Or need to improve your timing when it comes to your dog’s reactivity? It’s good to be aware of your shortcomings, but also be thankful for where you are and how you have gotten there.

We should also be thankful for these wonderful creatures we share our lives with. I’ve never met a day so bad that Flynn and Phillip couldn’t fix. It doesn’t matter how depressed or lonesome I feel, those two can always make me feel better.

“When the Man waked up he said, ‘What is Wild Dog doing here?’ And the Woman said, ‘His name is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always.’”—Rudyard Kipling

We should be as thankful for our furry family as much as we are for our human family.

So, this blog post will be shorter. I honestly just wanted to put a few thoughts out there and to say this:

I am very thankful for many things. For my wife, my family and friends, my pets. I am also thankful to get do this for a living. And I am thankful for you, my clients and everyone who has supported my business. I truly could not do this without you and your support means more to me than I can truly express. Thank you so much!

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving everyone!

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