Potty training your puppy is a perfect opportunity to exercise those smile muscles!
Laughter and learning are like two sisters walking along holding hands on a sunny day. Every opportunity to learn can truly be a wonderful experience when we take hold of laughter and walk together in harmony! Wayne Dyer writes, “It is impossible for you to be angry and laugh at the same time. Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive and you have the power to choose.”
I love having choices in life, don’t you? My dogs give signals they want to “go potty,” but often I’m too busy or too slow to catch the signal. That’s when I have a choice—to get upset, or to laugh at my own failure to be quick to learn. It’s certainly not the dog’s fault.
Laughter lightens the mood and keeps learning fun for all. Personally, I’d rather spend a few minutes of relaxation, bonding, and fun than to embark on a frustrating journey with my dog. It breaks my heart to see dog owners display fits of anger or frustration towards such an amazing, brilliant, and loving creature. There are no “bad dogs.” Mishaps on the part of a dog while training are usually feedback to our own shortcomings as owners and trainers.
Our attitude while training can make a huge difference in our dog’s receptivity to learn. Growing up, my kids enjoyed school much more when they had a pleasant teacher. Stay light-hearted and try a little laughter. It’s truly good medicine!
Here are some of the benefits of laughter!
- Laughter has been shown to strengthen the immune system
- diminish pain
- boost energy
- reduce stress
- and I’m sure there are many more!
The best part is, laughter is contagious! Your dog will sense your happy mood; it relaxes him and in return reinforces his happy disposition. The sad part is that the opposite is also true . . .
So why not send some positive vibes to your dog rather than negative ones? Whether it’s your children or your beloved pets, your students will thrive in a positive and pleasant environment where they are motivated by love!
For more information on Potty Training your puppy visit this link—Potty Training Basics
“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” —Proverbs 17:22
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