If you’ve seen this slogan on Facebook or Pinterest you may wonder how my dog can be my role model.
The thing is, my dog is not motivated by food–unless it’s a freshly baked apple pie!
It took us several tries to find “treats” that we could use as positive reinforcement for training. Sometimes when we offered her a run-of-the-mill dog biscuit after a session of sit-shake-down-roll over, she just wasn’t interested. One morning my husband wasn’t sure that I’d fed her before I went out for my run, so he gave her breakfast. Instead of gobbling up her kibble, she wasn’t interested–because I had fed her, so she wasn’t hungry.
Now, when it is meal time, she won’t let you forget it. She gets frisky, nudges me, and leaps excitedly to the kitchen. But what she really wants any time of the day or night is to go for a walk.
As soon as my alarm goes off, her tail starts wagging. She even brings me my shoes to help me get ready faster.
She always wants to go for a walk, even if we’ve just been out.
I am not a dog, but my dog is a good role model for how I should reward myself, refresh my mind and my body, and unwind after a stressful day. Even a short walk around the block is enough to clear my head, stretch my legs, and put me in a better mood.
Would your pet be a good role model?