Sometimes dog trainers have brain farts too...

3/4/15

Well in case you didn't know, sometimes dog trainers have days where they forget things too.  I find myself needing to multi-task on a regular basis with twin toddler boys, training my own multiple dog household, raising a future Leader Dog puppy, and owning my dog training business.  Wow... that's a lot when I actually put it all down.  No wonder I am usually pretty exhausted at the end of everyday.  
Anyways, a few weeks ago I found myself very frusterated with my 3 dogs.  I clearly (in only my eyes) was trying to build a race track for my kids.  The toddlers needed a project to work on so that I could get some things done around the house (maybe I need a house keeper...lol) but, all 3 dogs were in my way.  They were laying on or breaking apart the racetrack, bumping me, or licking my face.  At that moment, all I could think about was how frusterated that I was. My dogs were preventing me from giving my children a task so that I could go on with my morning.  Total dog trainer MALFUNCTION on my part!!!  It does happen from time to time and that is okay.  
Suddenly I realized... why not give all 3 dogs a stuffed frozen Kong that are all already prepared in the freezer for this exact reason!!!  So away I went to the freezer and gave all 3 dogs their project toy... no worries my children are trained to leave the dogs alone when they have their kongs and are always watched when they have excess around the dogs.  As much as I hate to admit it, it was really an easy fix so that I could get some chores done.  So off I went, got the racetrack built in less than 5 minutes, and then could proceed about my routine WITHOUT the dogs help.  FYI Kongs are your friend! Sometimes when training isn't always an option, management is the next best step...  Keep an eye out for the next update which will be all about household management when you have busy lifestyles +/- kids in your home...