I want to do everything right from the beginning

Is that even possible?

That’s how much we all want it to be when we take in our first dog or even puppy. This time I’ll do everything right, then the behavioral problems can’t develop in the first place.

Unfortunately, the reality is different.

We have a daily routine and can not always be 100% concentrated with the dog. Small inaccuracies happen or sometimes your head explodes.

But you know what?

That does not matter!

We don’t have to do everything right to be great dog mommies. We, just like our dogs, have a daily constitution and when we are in a bad mood, the dogs notice it.

Sensitive animals may then tend to withdraw. Others will give you a lot of attention and comfort you.

No matter how your dog reacts, give him the opportunity to do so.

However, there are a few things you should really keep in mind.

  1. If you are in a bad mood, arrange the walks in such a way that you do not have to get angry if possible. For example, go into the forest with a long line on the harness and a shock absorber, so that possible pulling does not bother you.
    Training is not necessary today.
  2. If you are in a hurry, do not train. Especially the loose leash becomes a challenge in such situations because your dog notices that you are not as patient as usual.
    It helps if you have established a “leisure mode” where your dog is also allowed to pull. Additionally, it helps to have a “go on” signal so you don’t have to pull your dog along when you don’t have time for sniffing.
  3. After a bad or stressful day, you need compensation just like your dog. So do something that is fun for both of you and replenishes your energy reserves. If you want to train now, do especially light and short sessions. This way you’ll have maximum fun and success.

So you see, it depends more on how you perceive and react to your life and your current condition, rather than doing everything right all the time.

This also makes you less stressed.

Because always wanting to do everything right is a common phenomenon (especially among women), but it puts quite a bit of pressure on you.

Take things as they come, prepare yourself and your dog as best you can for the challenges of everyday life….

And if something goes wrong?

Try to laugh about it.

Tomorrow is another day 😉

 

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