You had a dream...
When you brought your new dog home, you imagined how life will be.
You imagined: long walks in nature together...fun social events...training, competing...maybe standing in the winners circle with your best dog.
You imagined: that amazing feeling that you experience as you come off a great run...the partnership, the skill, the handling...it was an awe-inspiring experience that you felt and everyone noticed...your friends, your peers and your coach all run up to congratulate you on one of the most amazing runs they’ve seen.
Yes, these are the things we all dream about. Incredible partnership with a dog we adore.
Then real life happens.
You and your dog began to struggle. You reached out for help and tried working with several trainers and multiple methods, getting more worried or frustrated by the week.
Your struggles just never seem to get resolved. You have reached out again and again for help, but it just doesn’t stick. Or just doesn’t feel right. Or simply just doesn’t work for you and your dog.
You’re left with a dog who pulls, lunges and barks when you try to go for a walk.
Or a dog who won’t come if there is something more interesting and you don’t have a cookie in your hand.
Or: You walk away from your runs, head down, ﬁghting back the tears, because you KNOW your dog is better than that.
YOU’RE better than that.
Your friends come and give you a hug. You try not to let your dog feel your disappointment, but it’s so hard...so frustrating.
I have been there, my friend. Many times. I feel your pain.