Here is the fourth and final installment of Tippy Wisdom. Hope you have enjoyed them.
Tippy Wisdom #11: Make sure your last word to anyone (or any dog) is a positive one. (My trainer told me this at our first training session. So, if I am working on something with Tippy and she is having a hard day, I do my darndest to make sure she has a success before we quit so we can end on a positive note.)
Tippy Wisdom #12: Sometimes you unintentionally hurt the ones you love. When Tippy was a puppy, those little teeth and claws were sharp. At the time, she was an outside dog, so I kept hydrogen peroxide, triple antibiotic ointment, and band aids by the door to doctor my scratches and accidental bites every time I came in the house. I must have looked like I had been in a fight, and lost, most days.
Tippy Wisdom #13: When dealing with a frustrating situation, getting upset just adds bad energy and makes things escalate. Calm assertiveness is the best way to handle things. Dogs (and I believe children) can sense your energy and will feed off of it – whether calm or excited.
Tippy Wisdom #14: A tired puppy is a good puppy! I think, for the most part, this goes for humans too.
Tippy Wisdom #15: Don’t worry about what other people think of you. Be your own unique person and do things your way.