You are familiar with the success principle:
1. Define (what you want to accomplish, Lord willing)
2. Learn (from someone who has accomplished it)
3. Do (Go do what they did. Apply their principles so you are not wandering around unguided in a desert.)
There is one area of the Brady house life right now that REALLY needs to apply those three steps. Her name is Delilah and she is our 7-month-old
Havanese puppy. In order to start the process of learning, I sent out a letter to my neighborhood association. I was almost laughing by the time I was done typing it, so I thought I would share it with you:
Hi! I just went for a lovely evening walk through our neighborhood and couldn’t help but notice the large quantity of dogs, and how well behaved they are. One sat quietly at its owner’s command while we walked by; another expressed aggressive interest, but stayed in his yard (presumably encouraged by an invisible fence); others were walking on the opposite roadside but acted as though they barely noticed my puppy and me, despite the fact that my puppy was strangling herself trying to get to them.
HOW DID YOU DO IT?!!
My puppy has been through the 6 week puppy training at Pet Smart, and it was very helpful; however, there must be more. I have read Puppies for Dummies, No Bad Dogs (just Bad Owners) and How to Raise a Puppy You can Live With….and I can’t live with this one yet. Please let me know if you can recommend the best way to get a well-trained dog, with of course, the least amount of time; however, I understand there is a time commitment to excellence in any area.
For entertainment purposes (for those still reading), here are some facts about my 7-month-old Havanese:
OK, I tell you all the bad, but there are equal amounts of cuteness, that almost make up for the $2000 doctor bills from her hip surgery, because apparently, one of the times she jumped down the hardwood stairs put her femur on the outside of her hip socket. Now I like to say I taught her a trick, called “Walk on 3-legs,” but she is actually starting to use the bad leg again–so it’s time to train her to be a good dog. 🙂