As some of you may know, we got a recent addition to the household- our puppy Betty.
cue AWWWWWWW sounds….because she is cute.
But along with cute, comes the fact that she is a living, breathing creature…
A living, breathing creature that must be loved and nurtured and cared for and trained….
Puppies must learn what behavior is acceptable and what behavior is not… As I write this I here my husband saying “No. No.” I’m assuming that Betty is nibbling a bit because she is teething.
Nibbling while teething is a natural behavior- their teeth hurt and they are trying to make themselves feel better. However, no one wants themselves or all their belongings to be used as a chew toy, so Betty is given a chew toy to nibble on when she needs to. We keep things off the floor, we make things unattractive for her to chew on and replace it with something acceptable.
You could say that this is a battle that we choose the fight: teaching/training the puppy to only chew on certain items.
With a puppy we have other battles that we need to fight:
- going bathroom on the wee wee pad
- eating meals at certain times
- not drinking after 9pm
- sleeping in her crate at night
- not barking at inappropriate times
- learning to sit calmly in the dog carrier
- being brushed
- cleaning her butt
- dressing her in a coat if it’s cold
- sit, stay, lay down, etc…
Trying to train a puppy to do all these things is exhausting and tiring…
But do we need to do all those things?
Do we need to fight all these battles?
What battles you want to fight are entirely up to the individual
The same theory can be applied to just about anything…
You might know what needs to be done, you might know the “right” or “wrong” way to do something, but you might not choose to follow all the steps…
For example- I know that the dog sleeping in a crate at night will probably be the best thing for her. But I know my Husband is a big sucker and will let her sleep in the bed once she is potty trained.
Do I want to fight that battle with him?
What about the commands?
Am I going to spend that much time teaching my 3.4 pound dog to heel?
When you have a seemingly endless list of battles to fight, how do you choose which ones to follow if it feels like you can’t follow them all?
Right now I know all you dog owners are thinking- “Well- you have to do all these things, otherwise the dog will be a mess.”
But again- extrapolate…
Are there things in your life where you choose one battle over another, or decide not to fight certain battles at all because it’s just too much?
Do we need to fight every battle we face?
Which battles are the most important?
How do you choose?
Which battles have you decided are just not worth fighting?