Dog training, the gym, diets, and saving money
What do they all have in common? They all take consistent work and focus. None of them magically improve on their own, and all of them can improve and then fall apart if not attended to with care and effort.
It’s human nature to go all in on something when we’re excited, motivated, and the novelty is kicking! And it’s also human nature to start to lose focus, momentum, and abandon effort as the initial excitement wanes. That’s why the people that excel at any of the above do so by creating a lifestyle – they incorporate these activities into daily habits and practices. Stuff they do, no matter what.
The trick to long term success with dog training, fitness, health, or finances is to find ways to make these priorities something you can fold into your daily routine. Like brushing your teeth, or taking a shower, they need to become things you do no matter what. You have to find ways to make them daily practices, not events that are tied to something currently exciting or motivating.
Excitement and motivation always fade.
Get excited about long term success and results, not short term blasts of change. It’s slower and won’t be as explosive or immediate, but it will be something you’ll benefit from for the rest of your life. And sometimes, just simplifying something can be the greatest hack to ensure consistent practice.
Find simple, sustainable habits for all the above – little stuff that might not look like much in the moment – do them consistently and watch your long game results slowly move in positive, amazing directions.
P.S. A great hack for folding dog training into your life, and creating a great dog with sustainable effort, is to make a few things non-negotiable:
-Thresholds (always patient and waiting for permission)
-Crate (always patient and waiting for permission)
-Structured walk (in Heel, no pulling, sniffing, marking except on your release)
-Only petting a calm dog (pet what you want more of)
-Practice duration work while you do stuff around the house (keeping your dog in Place while you do regular life is a great passive training approach and will go along way towards creating a calm, impulse-rich dog)