So last night, was training with the dogs in the back yard. Typically I can let Bella off leash as she REALLY loves to push. Trace (our Husky) on the other hand, as I have shown in the past, I’ve got to have him on the 50-footer because he just tunes out and goes into load-overload. Well for whatever reason I decided to work with Trace first, off leash. I kid you not, this was the first time the boy followed me and maintained focus on my center than ever before. Sheer steady-state focus for a good 20 minutes until the food ran out. We ran around, wrestled a bit, and he pushed harder than ever before. The emotion I felt just seemed free-flowing. I was so proud of him. It was a breakthru for him and an ‘ah-ha’ moment for me. I think he and I have ventured into a new phase of our training relationship.
For the sake of self-disclosure, it is tough working full-time as a college counselor, part-time as a church youth leader, in addition to raising a child and maintaining a dog training regimen. Then to make the time to work out and spend some time with my wife. Yeah, yeah, I know, I’m over-committed :). It takes a toll on energy, both physical and emotional – not that that is a bad thing, its just a reality. That’s probably half the reason I’ve been MIA for a couple weeks. But something changed within the past few days – I’ve just felt more content, more motivated. But most of all, Trace taught me something last night – I don’t have to try so hard. I can get better at going with the flow in all areas of my life. So I thank him for allowing me to just absorb what he had to offer – ‘atta boy, Trace!’