That's what it all comes down to.
Blue is Blue. He is himself just as I am. Just as you are.
Everyone is like no other and the key to teaching (whether human or otherwise), is to see WHO is there and what their attitude is.
Blue is making great strides in his training. We are taking it one step at a time and after the "not-so-great-weekend," I am making sure that every interaction I have with him, he ends up happier.
Each barrier we encounter opens another door to learning. Learning about him and helping him learn how to get along in this thing called life.
My Mom asked me Sunday how Blue was. I told her what we had been up to, what I was working with him on and how well he was coming along.
Come to find out, a few family members are afraid of pit bulls, which I wasn't aware of when I took him up there.
This is called learning.
She then proceeded to tell me how proud she was of me for all that I am doing for him. She thinks he is wonderful and loving. I agreed. I talked about how I logically understood people being afraid of this breed but that it wasn't until it hit me head-on that I experienced the emotional reaction of it.
This is called learning.
This week we are working on "Stay" "Come" "Down" and "Look at me." Last night he had to stay on his bed (right next to me) while I watched a movie. I no longer allow him on the couch. Every point of control and positive direction I give him is met with eagerness and confusion. Repetition of the command in a cheerful voice calms him down.
Once he gets it, he is happy.
When I look down at him, all I see is willingness and sweetness.
As his trainer said "It's never about making the perfect dog. It's about making him the best he can be."
I love him just the way he is. Yes, he's like a bull in a china shop sometimes but only because he wants to play.
He tried to get the cats to play with him and his Kong last night. They weren't interested, so instead he gently placed the toy on Boots and waited.
Boots purred, rolled over onto his back and his toy hit the floor.
Blue looked at the cat and then the floor, back and forth a few times, not sure what it all meant.
I had to turn away for a moment because I was going to laugh at the look on his face.
It was such a generous offer to the cat because his toy is the greatest thing in the world to him. It is scared.
And he offered it to another.
Who doesn't want more of this in their life?
So today I am going to be as generous and kind as I possibly can be.
This is called learning and trying to be the person my dog thinks I am.
Our biggest battle will always be the humans of this world.