Winter time, “in order to stave off boredom you need to create a ritual in the morning, or the evening, where you have ten minutes of quiet time.” They told me that on the news tonight and it has to be true, ‘cause Bill Oreilly or Brian Williams did not say it. (You know that is kinda strange, I cannot spell Oreilly but haven’t a problem with Orally … Wonder if Facebook has a 13 question quiz for that?)
Sooooo, as we were saying …. “in order to stave off boredom you need to create a ritual in the morning, or the evening, where you have ten minutes of quiet time.” Should not be all that hard this time of the year, whadya think?
It is a lot harder than you think.
Time is often a precious commodity as we have discussed here before. Take training a dog for instance that will eat up time like you would not believe. I trained a couple of dogs to be obedient and also be defensive and aggressive in nature (much like a police dogs) and I had to work them 15 minutes and play with them 15 minutes per day.
My best was a German Shepard. He was an outstanding dog, his name was Major. Best dog I ever had. By the way, in case you are wondering, females are much easier to train than males, they seem to be smarter.
You would be awfully surprised how hard it is to set aside that amount of time “per day” in order to train an animal to do this kind of highly disciplined behavior.
My neighbor saw me putting him through his paces one night and walked over and asked me “How can you stop a dog from barking at the mailman?” and I said to her, “It cannot be done.”
She then says, “Whadya mean it cannot be done?” so I reply, “The dog always wins. Mailman shows up. Dog barks. Mailman goes away. Dog always wins.”
She says, “Never thought of it that way, thanks.”
Which as some of you already know, is not exactly true, it can be done. I was just doing her AND the dog a big favor on that one, trust me. Just between you and me, you can train a dog to do just about anything.
But you need to remember this … “You have to be smarter than the dog.”
Here is an example: A blonde goes to the vet with her goldfish. She tells the vet, “I think it’s got epilepsy.“ The vet takes a long serious look at the fish and says, “It seems calm enough to me.”
The blonde says, “I haven’t taken it out of the bowl yet.“