I don’t know how many of you are dog lovers, but I certainly am! For the past 15 years, my daughter, Esther, and I have “co-owned” a five pound miniature Yorkie. Her name was Bebe and she was one of the loves of my life. We lost Bebe this year due to illness and old age. It broke my heart. This is the first time I have even spoken about it in public because it hurt so badly to lose her. Several months have passed and I am starting to heal up inside over the loss, but it has been painful. Someone once commented, “A dog has friends because they wag their tail and not their tongue.” I believe that is true!
There were so many things about Bebe that I admired. She was ALWAYS excited to see me, even if I only walked out of the room for a couple of minutes. She was obedient, had a sweet spirit, exhibited a good attitude and was humble. When I called her, she came. When I told her to wait, she obeyed. It was phenomenal.
I often asked God to help me be more like my dog, Bebe! If my actions towards Him and other people were always like Bebe’s were towards me, then everything would be alright!
Recently, someone gave me a cute article that I wanted to share with you. As I read the article I realized I had walked through everyone of these “rules” and experiences with Bebe.
Many of you have probably had a pet at sometime in your life and more than likely, it was a dog. Even if not, I believe you will be able to identify with the following progression of ownership.
How to set “strict” training limits for your dog.
- The dog is not allowed in the house.
- Okay, the dog is allowed in the house, but only in certain rooms.
- The dog is allowed in all rooms, but she has to stay off the furniture.
- The dog can get on only the old furniture.
- Fine, the dog is allowed on all the furniture, but she is not allowed to sleep with the humans on the bed.
- Okay, the dog is allowed on the bed, but only by invitation.
- The dog can sleep on the bed, whenever she wants, but not under the covers.
- The dog can sleep under the covers by invitation only.
- Fine, the dog can sleep under the covers every night.
- The humans must ask permission to sleep under the covers with the dog.
P.S. My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $1.00 per can. That is
almost $7.00 in dog money.
Isn’t that cute? And, I believe it is very true. Those of us who are pet owners have probably found ourselves becoming very relational with them over the years.
Feel free to copy these 10 “strict” training limits and put them where you can read them often. I am sure your dog will appreciate it!
Tip: How to set “strict” training limits for your dog.
Have a great week! God bless you!
Dr. Robert A. Rohm