It’s been five months since we welcomed Schooner and Katy into our lives. Since then, we’ve drastically altered the rhythm of our days in order to nurture them and keep our belongings from ending up as chew toys. We’ve cleaned up every kind of canine body waste, cajoled them through crate training, and unintentionally conditioned a salivary response to the iPhone camera. Through this process, I’m reminded of a Keith Cunningham quote, “Ordinary things consistently done produce extraordinary results.”
Everyday, twice a day, we walk them. During, we work on three simple commands: “Sit”, “Stay”, and “Leave it”. There’s no trick to it, no professional dog trainer – just consistency. The results have been fantastic. While they are technically still puppies, they can be trusted to follow our commands on and off the leash. People we meet along our walks can hardly believe how young and well-behaved they are.
And so I’m left wondering…how much more I could accomplish in life if I just consistently practiced three simple skills twice daily?