This month marks the 1 year anniversary of Project K9 being in business. It’s been a long 12 months, but looking back, I wouldn’t have changed a thing. I pushed myself, I took on cases that put me out of my comfort zone, but into the ‘learning zone’. I can now tell if a dog will be too much for me. I found this out the hard way, as I took on a case that was too difficult for my current skill set. The learning curve was too high on where I was at that given moment. However, I persevered and in the process, ended up learning some very hard lessons.
Now, I have the confidence, the skill, and the smarts to say ‘This dog is a little above where my skillset is. Let me recommend you a different trainer who will be able to help you.’ No pride, no shame, just fact.
I have made mistakes, and I will continue to make them. But that’s what makes me human. I have learned from them. I am better, I am faster, and I can read behavior more accurately. I have tuned my body language and practiced the things I needed to learn how to get better. In a year, I have made a tremendous leap, and have gained the confidence to call myself a ‘Trainer’.
I have learned how to correctly use different tools on the market, I have taught people how to use them, I have seen success, and I have learned how to modify my body language in order to get across the right message to the dog.
I offer my services with confidence KNOWING I can help. I know what I am doing, and it shows. I will always be a student, and I will always want to learn more about ANYTHING dog. But I know what to do now, and I know where I want to go in my career. My new plans and goals are starting to take form.
I have new goals, I have more education, and I am always realistic. I won’t give up. Tell me I can’t do it. I dare you. By trying to bring me down, it lifts me up. It gives me the drive to keep going. I can do it, and I will. I have, and I will keep going. I will be great.
I am happy with my progress and I have much to show for it. I am ready for what is coming.
Change is coming. Good change, and exciting change. And I’m ready. Bring it.
Nice post sweetie. You have grown, you are growing and you will continue to grow. I am so very proud of you.