Mentoring Monday: My next-door neighbor has a dog that barks incessantly whenever it’s outside (NOT the dog in the photo). My home office is six feet from the fenceline, and I’ve got an entire library of music to help drown out the sound. It’s annoying to have to deal with the noise, but what’s really distressing is listening to this poor agitated dog’s bark become increasingly frantic as it runs from one side of the yard to the other while the owners continue to ignore it. I tried talking to my neighbors about training when they first got the dog several years ago, but they told me it was too young to be trained (it was about 7 months old), and I knew there was no point in bringing it up again. During that conversation, they repeatedly told me how much they loved the dog---as if training was not a loving act. The very BEST way to show our dogs love is to train them (and ourselves). Whether we do it on our own or with a professional, putting in time working with them and getting to know them as individuals is an act of love. While we’re training them, we’re creating consistent rules and routines that provide them a sense of safety and security. We develop mutual trust knowing that we will take care of them as well as they take care of us. Dogs deserve that if we’re going to have them be part of our lives and our families. ... See MoreSee Less
I was just talking about this yesterday morning.
Training is for everyone's safety and benefit. It reduces anxiety and stress for the dog and the human ❤
It also benefits the community at large.... as the post above about the neighbors barking dog highlights ❤🐶
Today we want to share a Special Sunday Salute. Since the very beginning of Operation Freedom Paws, Jerry, Paula and the staff of Camp Tuolumne Trails: A place for me have welcomed our clients, their families and their service dogs for our annual Family Dog Camps. These weekends are a very challenging experience for every client, and Mary only invites those who have achieved specific milestones in the program. Most have not felt safe enough to sleep outside of their own homes for years. For veterans this opportunity helps overwrite old memories of mess halls and bunk beds with new experiences they share with friends and loved ones. The nearby community of Groveland has always shown their support of OFP with boating excursions, private air shows, and even small-plane flights over Yosemite Valley. Parents trying to reconnect with their kids can share the fishin’ holes, swimming pool, games and s’mores around the campfire. Inevitably new friendships form between clients who get to know each other on a different level while sharing cabins and hikes. This partnership between our two nonprofits has actually taken on a life of its own. We are incredibly grateful to Camp Tuolumne Trails for their unfailing hospitality. We also want to thank our donors, whose gifts allow us to provide this life-changing experience to our clients at no cost to them. ... See MoreSee Less