I spent a bit of time this week at night before bed planning some new skills I want to develop that have nothing to do with my job. I asked my family if I could have in lieu of a Mother’s Day gift two days of training to learn logistical and animal-handling techniques needed to volunteer for large-scale animal rescue missions such as when a local government animal control agency needs support closing down a puppy mill. At this point in my life I’m trying to move from “I’ve always wanted to do that” to “How do I get the skills needed to be able to do that?” I’m guessing though that deep down there’s a longing to continue to grow, to continue to learn something that will help me see the world differently. Basically, I don’t want to be a dog who can’t learn a new trick.
Awesome “gift idea”! Our new German Shepherd puppy comes tomorrow and I’m so excited to be able to offer her training and discipline that they need and love. (Along with massive amounts of play and love!!). We’ve also been starting to talk with the local rescue group to see how we might get involved in the future. I love hearing your stories of offering these animals the chance to be a part of a loving family, helping them heal or grow from previous experiences.
We fostered 2 German Shepherd puppies a month or so ago. It was my first time fostering that breed. I was surprised that when they bite playfully or because they are teething they don’t let go when I said, “No!” The people at PAWS told me that’s unique to that breed and why they make such great police dogs. They are the only breed that does that. I don’t know if you’re getting a male or female but the female did it less than the male. They sure are smart! You’ll have a great time with him/her!
Ah Weeks, yet another reason I wish we lived closer (You’re not considering moving back to Wolf Trap, are you?!? Ahhh, I wish.). My daughter has trained dogs since she’s been 13. She’s homeschooled, which has allowed her to follow her life’s passion, and she’s pursuing service dog training as a career now. One place to look for general dog psychology and handling info is Suzanne Clothier – she writes from a relationship-based perspective which really resonates with us. She has books, DVDs, training courses, etc. – you might really enjoy them!
Thanks. My BFF lives near Kilmer so I visit a lot but no plans to move back. Thanks for the info about Suzanne Clothier. I’ll look her up. I’m a huge fan of the late Dr. Sophia Yin, as I primarily deal with shelter animals who have gotten fought starts in life.