two steps forward, 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐩 𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤 ↩️
The other day I posted about dog parent guilt, frustrations, struggles being 𝐧𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐥. That same day, 𝘐 𝘧𝘦𝘭𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮...
Napa goes on two long walks a day, both are different styles (𝘐’𝘭𝘭 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘩𝘺). 5 minutes into her walk I was so 𝘧𝘳𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥, she was walking like she did when she was 6 months old... 𝐩𝐮𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐰𝐧.
I kept thinking to myself “ 𝘸𝘩𝘺 𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳” “ 𝘴𝘩𝘦’𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘥𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘰 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥” and i was getting irritated with her. I kept correcting her and finally I made her sit. I made her sit so 𝐒𝐇𝐄 could focus and redirect herself. Instead while she was sitting 𝐈 𝐛𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐟𝐨𝐜𝐮𝐬 on what was really happening...
Our weekend was so busy that she didn’t get both of her long walks 3 days in a row... 𝐢𝐭’𝐬 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐮𝐥𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐚 𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐩 𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤. 𝘘𝘶𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘨𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘵.. the guilt sat with me for the rest of her walk.
Then when we got home I remembered, she got more than enough excersize.. running around ALL day! 𝐒𝐨 𝐈 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝𝐧’𝐭 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐥 𝐠𝐮𝐢𝐥𝐭𝐲, 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐈 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐝... regardless of her activity during the day she needs those two walks.
We have been back on track and she’s back to walking good again 🙌
𝘉𝘦𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘐 𝘣𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘺 𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘐 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥𝘯’𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘮 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘪𝘵’𝘴 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯!
Is routine important for your dogs? ⬇️