As a professional dog behavior consultant, I often talk to people who are struggling and frustrated. They often share facts with me that make me cringe, whether it be details about the e-collar they’ve been using to shock their fearful dog every time he growls or the fact that they’ve been rubbing their anxious dog’s nose in his urine each time he marks while yelling “no” at him.
In addition to dog training, I also work closely with rescue. Dogs come into rescue who have been starved, beaten, or left on a chain. People surrender dogs for reasons that seem ridiculous to me, only to turn around and get a new puppy. Some people view their dogs as disposable.
Regardless of the details a person shares with me, I try not to judge. This is easier to say than to do some days. The 7 sentences below hang above my workspace to remind me of my principles.
I believe that there is more positive than negative in the world.
I believe that the majority of people are good and kind.
I believe that abuse, neglect, and negativity are born of fear or lack of education.
I believe that I have no right to judge others, as I don’t know what battles they may be facing.
I believe that I can help more by listening than by talking.
I believe that I can make a difference in the world, one good deed at a time.
I believe that positive energy will return to me threefold.