Sometimes something seems like a good idea, at the time, and then when it comes time for follow through, I have to question my judgement. This doesn’t mean that what I chose to do wasn’t worth doing, or that I regret making the decision, but I do have to ask myself, “What were you thinking?!”
I’m participating in Blog-a-thon 2011 to help raise money for homeless animals at the Nebraska Humane Society. When I saw that some of my online tweeps and fellow blogging buddies were going to do it I decided I would too! A blog post an hour from noon on Saturday (this is my first) until noon on Sunday (Central Time), what was I thinking!? But now that I have had a chance to think about what I’ve gotten myself into, I’m quite excited about it. I will blog about helping newly rehomed dogs become successful pets. At least until I can’t think straight anymore.
It is not unusual for anyone bringing home a new dog to ask themselves ‘what was I thinking?’ when they face the daily changes in their lives brought on by a new pet. Even if we think we’ve thoroughly researched and evaluated our choices, we can suffer from ‘buyer’s remorse’. In some cases it may be justified and both owner and dog may be better off with the dog in a home other than our own. But it may also be the case that everyone needs time to settle in and sort out how they need to behave with each other. If you find yourself wondering what you have gotten yourself into, take a deep breath, contact a trainer who uses reward-based methods and hopefully you’ll
A great resource which should be part of any packet of info for new adopters is Love Has No Age Limit by Patricia McConnell, PhD and Karen London, PhD.