I've read numerous books, watched a few videos and despite my efforts, I realized that I needed some help.
After making a few phone calls and speaking with a number of trainers, I settled upon Chanone at Canine Harmony.
Her philosophy meshed with what I do as a stress coach, so it was a natural fit to work with her.
We officially adopted Holly in January. She is approximately a year old and had been found tied to a fence in a warehouse district. Her previous owners had not done any training with her and she had no vocabulary. We even tried a number of other languages.
In the short time we've had her, she has come a long way. However, I recognized that in my efforts to train her I was reinforcing some negative habits and was beginning to lose confidence in myself, which she was quick to use to her advantage.
Working with a coach, trainer, teacher or mentor is good for a number of reasons:
- You benefit from their considerable experience. They've put in the hours to learn what they're sharing with you.
- Tips and techniques are provided that help you integrate what you are learning and achieve your goals faster.
- They identify what you are doing right, so you can build upon that.
- Point out what you are doing incorrectly, so you don't repeat and make it a habit that becomes more difficult to unlearn.
- Accountability - you may have good intentions of learning something new, but without the encouragement, those good intentions may end up sitting on the shelf collecting dust like that language program you were going to follow or those exercise DVDs you were going to regularly use.
As for Holly and I, the learning continues. We are learning from each other. She is learning that she is now safe and that she can trust us. I am deepening a number of lessons about patience and practice - the platform for building new and resourceful habits.