So we are just a week about a week out from Tasmania coming home after 3 long months spent at board and train with Brad Norton and his amazing team.
As each day grows closer I become more and more eager to have him back by my side again. With that excitement comes anxiety. Not because I’m traveling or anything of that sort but because of the unknown. I know Tasmania is solid in his training. I know he’s gained confidence, strength, sureness in himself. I know he knows what his job is and how to preform it. I know he can take any situation thrown at him and move forward with grace and ease. I know all these things but yet I’m left here full of anxiety and worry.I worry at the fact of “what if I’m not good enough.” It sounds silly, what if I’m not good enough for a dog. But it’s more than that. What if I’m not good enough to help him reach is full potential and keep it there? What if I bring him back down? What if my lack of previous training pulls him into old habits that got us to the point of needing more training. Am I doing more hurt by being his handler that he does good for me?
All these thoughts and questions run through my mind daily. Tasmania and I have a long road ahead of us together, not just in constant training and refreshers but as working partners. He’s 2 year old and I’m projecting about another 6 years of working time together. We will have a rough few months together just getting back in the swing of things. At least that’s what I’m preparing for.
My instinct tells me that he will be just fine and better than ever. These last 2 years have given me so much opportunity to learn and grow. I’ve taken on roads in my life I would have passed without second thought. I one week, I will build a new chapter in my life with Tasmania by my side. Learning how to be a better, more sound team.
I hope these anxieties lessen as the day grows closer to having my boy back in my arms. 82 days down.... 8 to go
We're so very honored that outreach Pawsibilities inc picked 2 of our puppies to go through service dog training. Thank you! Looking forward to watching there progress as they become service dogs for people with disabilities.
It’s been a big week for @ourlincolngray⠀ ⠀
🐾 First time at Doggy Day Camp⠀
🐾 First visit to the groomers⠀
🐾 First surgery #snipsniphooray⠀
Now we settle in for all the cuddles & Netflix we want. What?! He loves Park & Rec!!
This deserves its own post! 🐶🐾 I bought this Pet Dryer on Amazon a few weeks back and I absolutely LOVE it!! 😍 It makes my Goldendoodle SO fluffy and I haven’t had to comb or brush her once since I started using it!! It’s great for preventing matting of the fur! Totally worth that 💴 and 💯 recommend!!