No, I’m not taking about executing your dog—even though some of you might be looking at your dog’s behavior problems and wondering if that’s an option! But I’m thinking about executing a plan.
To some extent, this is a flaw in the human condition. A huge percentage of the population wants to write a book. How many actually do? The number of people who write a book is pretty tiny in comparison to the amount of people who say they want to do so. No one executes on their plan. What about losing weight—how many times over a person’s life do they say they want to get healthy and then not execute on that desire? Or what about people who don’t get along with their spouse or children, yet complaining about it is as far as their problem-solving goes.
People’s thought process stops at the lament. “Woe is me!” we say. “I can’t have what I want.” That’s because execution is the hardest part.
Execution done poorly is usually better than execution not done at all, because execution done poorly gives you data that you can modify in order to make it better. A lot of people are held back in their dog training because they’re frustrated and don’t see any results or because they’re lying to themselves about their execution. I remember working with a client whose dog had a house training issue. The dog was new to the house and didn’t know the rules, so I recommended 100% supervision and told them exactly how to do it: keep the dog on the leash at first, then move on to using down stays. The clients said they understood. But a few weeks later, they said “The dog is going to the bathroom in the house!”
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