Like every Monday morning, yesterday I was awoken before dawn and laid awake for hours listening to the neighbors dog frantically barking at the garbage, recycling and compost pick-up trucks. And like all the mornings of the week that this poor dog barks crazily before sunrise, the neighbors words to me about how she has spent "thousands of dollars on training" and "nothing helps this dog" echoed in my head. I lay in bed listening to 'R' Blood on the Tracks Boys snoring through the ruckus and wondered what exactly this neighbor tried in training her dog. Did she really try everything?
Back when research showed that seeds were unhealthy for captive birds and pellets became widely available, I began to switch Bobbie Birdie to pellets with the help of my avian vet. But Bobbie was a seed addict. I tried everything to get him off the seed habit. Mixes, hand-feeding, cold turkey... everything. Until I read an article about switching seed addict birds to pellets that quite simply stated "you haven't tried everything." So, after two years of working at seed addict reform, Bobbie Birdie and I trudged on, and he did eventually give up the
My gratitude to the simple pet training inspiration gained from that article I read decades ago is part of the idea behind the launch of the Positive Pet Training Blog Hop. I wanted there to be a blog hop where bloggers could share positive training ideas and experiences and readers would gain knowledge that inspired them to spend quality training time with their pets and, most importantly, to never give up. Maybe someday my neighbor will stumble across an article about how to desensitize dogs to truck and car noises and her dog will snore through the early morning alley noise like Wilhelm, Brychwyn and Huxley do.