Lately, I have been feeling much sadness when I think about how much time I have allowed my daughter to take away from spending quality time with my dog.  Many of you can relate to the tough balance between your dog and your family.  I have decided to create some important shifts in my life to create more balance between my dog and my human family.  In this post our Salt Lake CIty dog training company, will share these learning experiences with you.  After all, we need to create time for our dog to create the dog obedience we so strongly desire.  Of course our dogs are part of our family as well!

1.) Create awareness around your challenges or problem areas.

“What is creating the most frustration, anger or fear in your life?”

For me I get caught up in feeling much anger with the amount of time that my daughter takes.  I lived alone for many years. I could immediately take my dog out for a walk upon awakening in the morning.  Now I have a whole morning routine with my daughter that needs to be done before I can take my dog for a walk outside. Now obedience training seems to take too much effort.

2.) After you have created awareness around your problem areas, practice shifting. 

Shifting your emotions will cause you to feel more energized, and you will also create more time to spend with your dog.

Here are some options to help shift your emotions.

  • Focus on gratitude.
  • Breath through your belly for a few seconds or a few minutes. This will help the emotion flow through you.
  • Visualize what you want to create instead.
  • Live in the now.  Put the past in the past and leave the future in the future.

I breathe through my emotions. As my mind drifts into worrying about time I bring it back into the now.  I then, visualize what I would like to create with both Iris and Seiki.  As I do this, I find I am able to have the time for my dog in beautiful outdoors of Salt Lake City.  Dog training has become a part of my life again, and I am not allowing my anger to run my life!

2.) Commit.

Create your mind to see your dog and obedience as a priority.  One way to help with this is to create a commitment statement such as “I commit to spending more time with my dog.” Hang this statement where you can easily see it.

3.) Recommit.

If you didn’t follow through with spending time with your dog recommit the next day.  It is better to focus on what you are wanting to create than to constantly focus on your past and beat yourself up for not spending time with your dog the day before.

4.) Create a schedule.

Commit to certain days or times that are especially dedicated for your dog.

5.) Wake up an hour earlier.

This will allow more time in your day.  Make sure you use this extra time day to spend with your dog through obedience training and play.

6.) Leave extra time.

This will allow plenty time to accommodate your dog’s obedience training needs and your children’s needs.

I have found an extra 30 minutes works great for me!

For more tips on creating time with your dog, click here.

Your turn!  Which option above will you apply this week to create more time with your dog?  How else can you create more time with your dog?


Johanna Teresi, Professional Owner and Trainer with Four Legged Scholars LLC Dog Training, Salt Lake City

Johanna Teresi performing dog training with Seiki.

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