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 lighthearted and try a little laughter. It’s truly good medicine!
Here are some of the benefits of laughter!
- Strengthen the immune system
- Diminish pain
- Boost energy
- Reduce stress
- Release endorphins (the bodies feel-good chemicals)
- Burns calories (love this one!)
- and much 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!
“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” —Proverbs 17:22
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About the Author
Leila Grandemange is an award-winning writer and recipient of the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award. She writes to inspire faith in God, and the responsible care of our furry friends! See her books on Amazon.
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“Do what you love. Know your own bone, gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it still.” —Henry David Thoreau
Doing what we love! Isn’t that what we all dream to do?
My dogs have the good fortune to do what they love— they run and play, find their deer antler bones and toys, they chew on them, bury them, unearth them, and chew on them some more. They seem so content . . . I envy them at times.
The world seems to be falling apart, torn from the inside out by hate and violence and television and social networking brings it right to our door (and mind) on a daily basis!
But I’m also certain that all over the world acts of LOVE, GENEROSITY, and JOYFUL CELEBRATIONS (marriage, birth, and all sorts of wonderful accomplishments) continue to be displayed.
Some mornings I wake up and feel like I’m riding a roller coaster—up, down, happy, sad. Should I feel sorrow, or joy?
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One sunny afternoon while taking photos of my pups, I was fortunate to catch this image of my tricolor Emma leaping over her brother. He happened to be in her path while she was chasing the ball. I couldn’t help but notice how enthusiastic and determined she was while we were playing. I could almost hear her shout—Look mommy I can leap, and twirl, and fly . . . and I’m bringing back the ball you threw so that we can do it all over again!— What was so beautiful was that while she was facing various obstacles and challenges— digging, chasing, jumping—you could almost see her sprout wings. With each new challenge during our play session she was learning something new! What a wonderful visual showing how obstacles can work for our good . . .
Looking back on my life, I see how the obstacles I faced were used by God to teach me valuable lessons. Facing fear taught me faith, sorrow taught me joy, waiting taught me patience, and hurt taught me to forgive and to love. Dear friends, the obstacles we face were never meant to ruin our lives; rather, to challenge us to new heights. I can imagine God smiling as we learn from the challenges we face and sprout our wings!
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” —Booker T. Washington
“but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” —Isaiah 40:31
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Published in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Bulletin, summer edition 2011
by Leila Grandemange
What exactly is this wonderful word we call comfort?