Jakob wants a dog.
Seriously. I can't imagine adding anything else to my plate these days.
It has been fun, however, researching different dog breeds (any recommendations?).
We've been researching different training methods... And I really like Caesar Millan.
He's taught me much about dogs and children.
He explains the "eye of the storm" force that I try to be in my home.
I speak dog whisperer these days!
Just wanted you to know in case you catch some dog references in my everyday conversation.
No puppy any day soon.
But we are looking...
Here are some things I learned from The Dog Whisperer...
"To rehabilitate a strong pack... It requires a strong pack leader, a balanced pack leader, a patient pack leader, and a pack leader that is not willing to give up."
-Children, like dogs, need a calm assertive presence in their lives.
-Exercise, discipline and then affection. (This is one reason I love the order that simple chores and piano lessons bring to our home.)
Dogs need to feel "I am somebody. I'm useful. I have a purpose."
-They feel your energy- "a quiet energy." Become the source of relaxation.
Motivate them in a calm confidant state of mind not by exciting them... How easy is it for us to get all hyper when we're worried-- "Hurry up! We're gonna be late!!" "Bed time!! I'm gonna catch you!!" When we give them affection in an excited state, we are actually reinforcing craziness.
The two episodes I learned the most from are on Netflix, "The Very Best of the Dog Whisperer- with Caesar Millan" episodes 'Psycho Flirt' and 'A Balanced Pack'.
As one lady was confidently walking her calm dogs she asked, "Can I praise them?" Caesar replied, "You are praising them. Just being you and being happy, that is praise."
Today I am going to be calm and confidant.
I'm going to be the quiet, positive energy in my home that my family needs me to be.
My goal- a well balanced pack.
I'm a mom-whisperer who is grateful for a little dog-whisperer in my life now and then.
(Is anyone else singing Grease, "The Leader of the Pack"? Vroom...)