What is it about seeing kids and their pets that warms this gals heart?
Especially kids that are learning to be responsible petkeepers.
Maybe it’s watching them care about something other than themselves. Watching them figure out the best ways to communicate, learning patience and making the effort to really understand what their pet (dog, in this case) is all about, to be engaged in the human/animal dynamics. It’s pretty powerful stuff, in my opinion. We all know how not having a proper handle on our pets behavior can add stress to a household, and even the pet.
Happy, well behaved dog = Happy Family.
My daughter and our collie, Junie B. have been participating in our 4-H Club’s Dog Obedience classes and it’s been a wonderful experience all the way around. The first few weeks were a bit frustrating for her, because Junie can be a bit stubborn, but with each passing week, it gets better and better.
I’ve seen positive changes in Madeline as well as Junie.
Junie is loving the extra attention and the one on one time and is becoming an even better dog because of it.
Madeline is gaining the confidence and ability to really communicate with Junie and learning the proper tools for working with dogs. She is even looking forward to showing her at the county fair.
I too am learning things that I bring home and share with the rest of the family…(Jon, specifically) ha.
Agility is her favorite….Madeline would run Junie through the agility course for hours, if she could…she’s been bugging her dad to build her some of the equipment to have in the yard. Poor Junie would never get a rest!
A dog is only as good as its’ keeper a lot of the time, and dog training is an invaluable tool to help us all do a better job of things….and when we can get our kids involved at an early age, all the better.
Cheers to 4-H for the great programs they offer and all the joy a pet can bring into our lives!