Every job we do, we learn certain lessons. Dog walking has taught me quite a few. I feel that these can be applied to all aspects of our life.
- Don't Force Affection. Every dog is different. Some are very fearful of meeting new people or feel as if you are invading their territory. So many times when we meet a dog, we try to reach out to them to extend our friendship but a dog can see that as a threat. It's always best to let them sniff you because they use their nose the way humans use their eyes. Avoid eye contact until the dog is comfortable with you.
- Be Patient Patience is a virtue, and this is especially so with a dog. All dogs are react to situations in their own way. Some dogs have had traumatic or isolated pasts and in many cases, patience will go a long way. There are times I am walking Homer and he will fixate on a certain scent. Giving him a few extra moments to sniff is the difference between taking him home or chasing after him because he slipped out of his collar.
- Appreciate The Little Things So many times, we adhere to a strict schedule and get in a tizzy if anything goes awry. Dogs tend to roll with it. If they are walked 15 minutes later than usual, nothing major happens. Sometimes, all that a dog needs is to chase a squirrel or meet another dog. It's good to remind ourselves that the little things make the difference between an ok day and a great day.
- Your Energy Will Increase Doing dog walking on a regular basis has given me more endurance than I used to have. I always walked my own dogs at least two times a day. Add in five more walks a day and you notice the difference. You have to deal with unpredictable weather but the extra energy and endorphins are worth it.
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