Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Confession

I have a confession to make... it doesn't reflect well upon me... but for the last couple of months I've kinda, sorta, well, not been liking Reba. I know!!! Awful! The more stand offish I get, the more needy she gets. Not a nice cycle. After a conversation with Thad the other day, I've decided that I need to do better. Be better. So Reba has moved up the priority list. I'm making it a priority to take her with me to the stable when I go. This is her private time. Yesterday, I made an effort to play with her. Just her. No other dogs about. She loved it. Tail in the air, smile on her face.

I also need to get her more exercise. The limited amount she's getting just isn't cuttin' it for her. And you know what? Last night I enjoyed having her around - just like the old days. There was a time when I really enjoyed working her. Then I listened to too many people, and stopped following my gut. I need to listen to myself and follow my instincts where she's concerned. Because she's so soft and sensitive, she's challenging to work. I need to look at myself when she's making mistakes, accept them, figure out how to help her, and move on. And not be frustrated with her. If she were a child I wouldn't be getting mad, I'd be problem solving. This is my confession. It's not a nice one. The resolution is to do a better job with her so she can reach her full potential. And to enjoy her for who she is.

Because she's a nice dog, one I'm lucky to have in my life.

2 comments:

MTWaggin said...

We all should have such a confession, "I need to look at myself when she's making mistakes, accept them, figure out how to help her, and move on. And not be frustrated with her. If she were a child I wouldn't be getting mad, I'd be problem solving." I'm lucky to have found friends that are very honest with me and point out just what you did! Each of our critters is an individual and it is so hard sometimes to remember that - Oh how I appreciate Mom's of numerous human kids better now! :)

The Canadian said...

YOu are so mature! That is what makes you the successful dog trainer you are!! :)