As I have been reconstructing my blog I came across this post from a few years ago that I never published! This post has an amazing message about loving what is. As I reflect back into my past, I realize it is time for me to apply this post into my life now.
The story and the exercise below is created to shift you from frustration to love with your dog. These exercises are great for people who own a dog that has a stressful behavioral issue or a stressful obedience issue.
Yesterday, I compared my life to someone else’s life. As a result, I was focusing on what I did not have instead of what I wanted. I talked to my friend, and he was having a blast at his house with his friends. I wasn’t invited. As I got off the phone, I felt sad. I began to wonder why I wasn’t invited. Then I began to realize that happiness comes from our internal selves and has nothing to do with our external environment.
I began to focus on loving myself just the way I am and to love the life that I have right now. I also realize that I have the power to create whatever I want in my life. The more I focus on what is missing, the more I get what is missing. The more I focus on creating what I want and feeling grateful for what I already have, the happier I feel. I can then live in a world that is constantly filled with love and light.
This morning I realized that I wanted to write about this in regards to dog training. Salt Lake City, is full of owners who experience frustration with their dogs. I notice that many of my clients want their dogs to be different. For example they want their dog to walk on the leash better, to be quiet, to sit instead of jump, etc. These are all wonderful things. However, the more we focus on what our dog is doing wrong the less we create what we want and the less gratitude we have.
My advice to dog lovers is the following. Focus on what you want to create. If you want your dog to sit instead of jump. Focus on how your dog is sitting more instead of how your dog still jumps sometimes. If you are unsure of what you want, be present with not knowing. Then seek advice. Read a dog training book, talk to friends, or receive support by contacting Four Legged Scholars LLC Dog Training, Salt Lake City.
Also focus on what you have now. Be grateful. Make a list and focus on what you love about your dog!
Here is example:
I am grateful for my dog, Seiki.
- He meditates with me.
- He is always full of love.
- When I feel sad, angry, etc he is always there to comfort me.
- He makes me laugh as he is so good at entertaining himself. He runs circles in my yard!
- He loves to jump and catch the snow.
- He loves to catch flies and I love watching how it is so easy and effortless for him.
- He loves people in general.
- He is always wanting to play no matter what. I always have a play buddy.
- He is an awesome buddy when I am hiking.
- He cuddles with me at night like a teddy bear.
- He is a fast learner with dog training. Salt Lake City has many awesome dog parks where I can train him.
- When I look into his eyes I see his soul.
As you focus on gratitude for your dog. Do more of those activities together and treasure those moments. Focus on fun activities that you can do with your dog now. This is a wonderful exercise to practice . It will shift you from frustration to love in a matter of seconds.
Many of my Salt Lake City, dog training clients hit burn out or frustration when they have an aggressive or fearful dog. They may feel that they are excluded from activities that other people can do with their dogs. This is similar to how I felt when I wasn’t invited to hang out with my friends. I felt excluded. Now try this above exercise and shift from feeling excluded to creating joy with your dog. Remember each dog has a special gift that another dog doesn’t have. If we focus on gratitude, we can remember that we can just love our dogs for who they are in this moment with no changes.
We want to hear from you! Please comment below. What special gifts does your dog give to you?
Johanna Teresi Professional Dog Trainer and Owner of Four Legged Scholars LLC Dog Training, Salt Lake City