Patience. It is one of the first things that I address with students in my training classes and clients that I see for behavioral consultations. Sadly patience is often lacking in almost all aspects of modern life. We have become a society expecting instant gratification of all our needs as evidenced by fast-food drive-thru windows and texting and FaceBook messaging from our smart phones. Unfortunately, instant gratification does not usually happen when building a relationship and when learning or teaching, especially with another species.
I recently read a blog post by dog trainer Nancy Trainer titled the misunderstanding of time. In her post, she brilliant describes the need for patience. I have included her introductory and closing paragraphs below and encourage you to click on the link and read the entire post. You and your pets will be better for it.
“When I am asked what is the biggest problem I see in dog training today, it is the same problem I saw fourteen years ago, and thirty years ago, it is the misunderstanding of time…
…My advice to new dog owners, seasoned dog owners, and want to be dog owners – learn how to settle in, learn that nothing will happen overnight. Learn that if you try to take short cuts and try to make it all happen to fit your schedule, or your desires, or your needs, it will come back to bite you in the ass, figuratively or literally.”
Click the link to read the entire post