This month I swear has been puppy month for me. Trust me, when I say this; there is proof. Nipping. Razor sharp teeth. I left sessions this week covered with scratches having helped demonstrate how to encourage a soft bite and redirect to the correct chew toys to families.
This past week I remember one little guy in particular. He has such a great personality. I love his spunk and he is a little pushy. I have to admit, I like that side. The owner was really frustrated and sharing this with me. I looked at her and said in seriousness, “He is worth it. You have a great dog here. Just stick with it. Be patient. I am not going to tell you it’s going to be easy, but I know you can do it and he is worth it in the end.”
When I left this in-home session I was thinking to myself, how many times in our own relationships do we get a little frustrated, maybe even experienced a little pain and we just abruptly decided to end it and walk away.
Are relationships worth sticking around for? Are they worth working things out? Some of the best people in our lives may have come in the beginning with conflict. I have worked in customer service for years, even before I was training dogs. I can say hands down that some of my toughest customers became some of my closest friends.
Relationships can be difficult, but many times it’s worth going through the tough part to get the long lasting goodness. We just have to stick around long enough to see it through. As far as the puppy, I look forward to seeing how him and his owner do in the coming years too.