A message from the Founder
HERE'S TO ALL, who refuse to give up hope that the situation can get better, no matter how daunting the task may seem to be.
It's time to stop beating yourself up for not being the perfect dog owner. A wee reminder to everyone who is confused, frustrated or stressed out, but nevertheless, trying the best to provide a life worth living for the dog: the true character of a person is being revealed not in the mistakes and errors (s)he had made, but what is done after the fact. Some people are incapable of admitting they are flawed – others take responsibility, and say: “Okay, fine. So what are we gonna do about it?”
When things look bad, it's not easy being your own coach, your own encouragement and motivation, your own emotional support, the one to boost your self-esteem, who tells you that it is okay to screw up.
Those who are elderly or fragile, or going at it alone without much support, or rescued a troubled dog from who-knows-where, or struggle to pay the bills, or have children and a household to manage – deserve a hefty pat on the shoulder for keeping it all together.
It's time to cut yourself some slack! There is no better way to state the obvious: we live in crazy times, and dogs tend to mirror the mental and physical state of their environment.
It is not easy to remain sane in a mad world.
The gist of our philosophy on dog training: it’s not getting the confusion out of the dog, it’s getting the dog out of the confusion.
We are living in times when people are too quick to judge others, and blame the world for the poor decisions they make in their lives. I wish to acknowledge that you deserve a thumb up for taking responsibility for your dog – proven by the mere fact of reading these words.
I applaud all of you whom I meet early morning in the woods at FirestoneCopse, or at dawn on Yavaland Beach in the morning frost, walking the dog in your mucky Wellingtons. And you, who diligently take your dog to agility class once a week. And you, who never miss your dog's evening stroll after a long day, even though it’s pouring, all you want to do is collapse on the settee and crash. And you, who spend your last pennies on vet’s fees (which proves right there that you love your dog more than yourself).
Does it ring a bell? Then you must stop being so hard on yourself. Take it from me, who deal with “bad doggies” and their owners for a living: You are awesome!
Tonight you must look in the mirror, and say to yourself: "Well done me. I haven't done so bad."
You deserve all the support you can get, and we, at Dog Training For Humans have made a pledge to do our best to help you out on your journey to become a splendid dog owner. You’ve made the first step – to contact us and reach out for help (which is a rather BIG DEAL in Britain, where the prevailing attitude is “It has nothing to do with me…”).
Now your next step is to soak up as much information and knowledge as you can from this website. Once you feel confident that this is what you've been looking for, give us a buzzzzz!
I am looking forward to hearing from you.