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Old 06-06-2012, 08:15 AM
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Default What's the best thing your dog has taught you

Kinda inspired by the other thread.

Buster I am ever grateful for teaching me how important dogs are in my life - if not for him I would have never found out so early how much of a dog nerd I am. He also started teaching me to watch my own body language and how it effected him.

Quinn is ever teaching me to watch body language, think faster and react faster to her. Raising her without any unfair force has created a dog that doesn't understand that a raised voice is indicative to getting punished therefore has made me a much better trainer by not falling back on "or else" to make her listen.

And overall. I am grateful for them teaching me patience more than anything. I do think learning to be a better trainer has helped me have overall better control on my emotions and I rarely get frustrated with them anymore when we're working.


So... what is the thing you most appreciate learning from your dog/s?
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Old 06-06-2012, 08:23 AM
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That my life would be very empty and void of much interest w/out a dog in my life.
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Old 06-06-2012, 08:25 AM
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Patience was my first thought too.

I think Lucy has taught me to be proud of improvement over perfection. I adopted a dog so full of reactivity that we couldn't walk down the sidewalk, go to training class, or be off leash. I do not have a perfectly well behaved dog now, but I have a dog who (if I have cheese in my pocket) can do all three of those things wonderfully now. I doubt we'll ever be titled in agility, but we have made such amazing strides together. I was such a perfectionist before getting her, and now I've learned to be grateful for what we have, instead of constantly wanting more.
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:19 AM
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:38 AM
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To love unconditional. Patience (try out-waiting a schnauzer).
Live everyday like it's your last. That laughter fixes everything.
Getting angry isn't going to fix anything, move on.
Tsuki and Charlie have taught me my "inner girl".. they make me Squeee.
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:45 AM
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Definately unconditional love!!
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:57 AM
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Serenity has taught me more then I could imagine, this dog has turned my life around. She's taught me mature, to be more careful, to be kinder/softer with my training, to open my mind to different experiences/training methods. I've learnt how to have more patience.

Most importantly, she has taught me I need to stop being lazy, step up and actually put effort in to something to help her (I am bad with putting continues effort in to things).

Sunny has taught me the values of accepting you don't always get the dogs you want but you get the ones you need. He's taught me to smile when I'm down, to try and embrace the moment and hold on to it.

Serenity and him have taught me what a true joy dogs are and what real friends are like.

I look forward to learning more but without my dogs, I would not be as far as I am now. I've never been the greatest owner, I'm still not and it will take me a long while to improve but I am happy with how things are going.
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:44 AM
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It's okay if I look stupid in front of the really smart dog people, because everyone has an off day.

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Old 06-06-2012, 11:08 AM
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Humility. Just when you think you have various training scenarios mastered, along comes a dog to shatter everything you thought was correct.
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Srsly.
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