Quite an overused phrase, I know. Still, every time I meet someone, who needs a quick fix for their dog because they ‘don’t have time to train’, I keep thinking about the moments we share with the ones we love, the time that nothing else can replace. Time that is used to create memories of places, things, adventures -as, perhaps, the time will come when we might wish to turn back the time and have all the time we’ve wasted.
Brian changes quickly and even now I can smile and say: ‘I remember when…’ We train a bit every day, he’s clever and clumsy. I can detect a feral dog in him, he always spots the slightest changes in his environment, he’s weary of sounds, smells and objects that he’s not familiar with. He can easily remember animals he’s met (all the cats in the neighbourhood) even if to me they look the same. But he doesn’t recognise human faces, even small changes in the appearance of people he knows make him confused. So, a hat or sunglasses still make our friends a ‘different’ human.
Our morning walks are for socialising and playing with dogs. Brian’s manners are much better, so he makes new friends every day. We use games to practise recall and getting relaxed after the play (‘settle down’). And we share all that, me and him-along with sloppy kisses, clumsy climbing on my lap and falling asleep in my arms. How could I not want all that?
Training takes a few minutes here and a few there. Boredom is to be avoided at all costs-so lack of time really is a poor excuse.