We have had many dogs over the years, but none as challenging as our Luna. Sure, the others had their own issues, but Luna requires a little more from us since we are her third home in less than a year. I don’t know their reasons, but I can probably guess they just didn’t have the time to dedicate to her. She is a high-energy, insanely intelligent dog with an attention span of a gnat. With that being said, I enrolled her in a dog training program that will give her the structure that she needs.
Part of the program involves me participating in a lesson once a week. My first time going was this past Friday and I will be honest, I was worried. There is a lot of information that comes with this process. As Luna’s instructor, gave me directions on walking with her, making her sit, lay down, and several other commands, he commented that I am overthinking the process. What? Me? Overthink? Of course, I am overthinking.
As the lesson proceeded, I became more confident and Luna became more compliant. She is incredibly smart and willing to learn. All weekend, I have been diligently working with her and loving her new tricks. In fact, I can now go to the restroom alone because she stays in place. I no longer have a shadow and I think it is helping her codependency issues that she has due to her previous circumstances.
The training process has reinforced the notion that you can teach an old dog new tricks. For the record, I am the old dog in this scenario. Still teachable and willing…..something I hope to always be in every aspect of my life.