Although their current behaviors are influenced by their past learned by association, some dogs demonstrated the power to choose one’s reality.
Take Lykka for an example. She is a black labrador tripod with two hind legs and one front leg.
Similar to when other people met her for the first time, I showed sympathy towards her. But as I got to know her more during our time together, she is more fulfilled and happier than most dogs.
Although she may seem less fortunate to most people and other canines, she lives a normal life. And surprisingly, she’s faster than most dogs in my pack. Every time I play fetch with them, Lykka usually gets to the ball first.
In her eyes, she’s exactly the same as every other dog.
She loves to play, explore, and work for treats. And she always has a smile on her face.
Creating your own reality is important and it is the wonderful thing I have learned taking care of dogs.
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Since dogs can’t communicate with words, they use nonverbal communication such as body language and creative noises. They will do their best to push their limit. Often times they test my patience and I’m challenged to handle the situation properly.
In those moments of turbulence, I have to choose to respond rather than to react.
And if I stay calm and collected, they will most likely do the same.
I have to lead with attitude and action, which requires awareness and practice.
This is something I apply to my daily life. When I’m faced with a challenge. I take a few deep breaths to calm myself. Afterward, I handle the situation with logic. That way, I don’t let my aroused emotions control me.
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