In dog training, when we talk about distractions, we’re usually talking about things that make it challenging for your dog to perform commands. Screaming kids, people knocking at the door, skateboards whizzing past you – that sort of thing.
But as a dog owner, there’s bigger distractions in the world that can disrupt your pack and the balance in your home that you have worked so hard to achieve – you know, things like Presidential elections, late bills, drama at work, or anything else that can take you away from your core mission in this world.
For me, my pack is what’s important – the human members followed closely by the dog members.
Since I am a human being, even I sometimes can lose focus on my responsibilities and when I do it has a ripple effect can be felt through my life: My dogs get antsy, anxious, and needy. My kid becomes more disruptive and my wife might feel neglected or alone.
That’s serious stuff.