Everything Is Hard Before It Is Easy

The great veterinarian and author James Herriot said, “Dogs like to obey. It gives them security.” I guess that makes me fairly insecure. Please, don’t get me wrong, I’m not defiant. Just a bit of an independent thinker. My dog trainer Tia is helping me understand the dynamics of how this all works. She describes me more like a distracted driver. Can I just say…our sessions wipe me out! It’s difficult to listen for more than a minute, let alone all the time! But, I am making progress on a few things like “floor swimming” and jumping on people—except for Sven—all his fault—I swear! Truth be told, I have big paws to fill around here, and I’m working really hard at becoming a good dog.