Ignoring Good Advice
Do you ever fail to listen to those little voices in your head?
Not the voices that say the government is reading your thoughts and you need to protect yourself with an aluminum foil hat (although substitute Google for the government—I don’t think they’re smart enough to pull it off—and they might be right).
No, I’m talking about the voice that says, “Pam, you’re running a little late and have to walk Cherie and Honey by yourself. Wouldn’t it be smart to change your route and avoid all the excitement around the elementary school?”
But did I listen to that rational and helpful voice in my head? No, I did not.
Nothing Worse Than a Friendly Person
Let me tell you about our crossing guard.
He is a loud, cheerful fellow who knows the names of all the kids who walk by. He hands out candy for Halloween and Christmas. He keeps dog treats in his pockets.
Honey loves him.
Last week, I watched my dog, who normally has excellent loose leash walking skills, drag my husband (who outweighs her by nearly 4 to 1) into the middle of the street to greet her favorite crossing guard.
When I’m practicing impulse control with Honey, I use the crossing guard as my distraction. But I’ve never done any practice sessions closer than 20 feet to the intersection.
So what was I thinking?
Epic Dog Training Fail
Picture Pam, Honey, and Cherie standing at the intersection. Now see the friendly crossing guard come rushing over with his booming voice and big gestures asking if he can give the dogs treats. Imagine Honey pulling toward the crossing guard, wrapping the leash tightly around my hand. And see Cherie pulling away from the crossing guard while barking loudly as if to say, “Who is this guy and why can’t I get away from him?”
Oh, and to top it all off? The clicker was in the hand getting crushed by Honey pulling toward the crossing guard. Every time she pulled, the clicker clicked.
And that, my friends, is how you pull off an epic dog training fail.
Go ahead. Laugh at my pain. But share a story of your own and make me feel just a little bit better.
I know I’m not the only one with a Dog Training Fail Story.