The life skill I’m currently working on, and failing at badly some days, is patience. I consider myself a fairly patient person and don’t get worked up too often, but this new little puppy is testing me and mine. He is adorable and I have to remind myself that his misbehavior is a direct result of my failure to adapt the environment and my actions into those that will prevent this misbehavior.
This afternoon was an especially trying one and unfortunately I was not pleased at how I reacted to it. I found myself yelling at my poor little puppy after he ran away from me and continued running while I tried to catch him. Several times he got close to the street in front of my house, which thankfully was not too busy today. He does have a leash (which will be on him at ALL times when he is outdoors now), but I didn’t have it on him. I was so angry at him for running away from me, but it really wasn’t his fault. He was acting like the playful puppy he is. I was the one at fault for neglecting to put the leash on him. I apologized to Romeo for flipping out and like the sweet puppy he is, he seemed to forget and forgive in the shake of his cute little tail! I think he will be training me at the same time I’m attempting to train him!
In the meantime, here are some good quotes on patience:
Patience can’t be acquired overnight. It is just like building up a muscle. Every day you need to work on it. – Eknath Easwaran
Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. – St. Francis de Sales
Patience is the ability to count down before you blast off. – Author Unknown
Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown. – Soren Kierkegaard
I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. – Lao Tzu
Words of wisdom that I definitely need to take to heart! While I’m working on patience, I’d welcome any and all advice on puppy training that I can get. I’ve watched a couple videos and am making progress with potty training. I’ve also gotten him to sit, shake and lay down (prompted by treats). My biggest challenge now is getting him to come to me instead of running around like a little wild child.