We can have no greater asset in life than true hope – my hope is found in Jesus Christ. And this is what dog training taught me about the Father’s love.
If you’re not familiar with them, trainers have several important techniques when it comes to socializing and teaching confidence in young dogs. One of those techniques is to gradually “shape” behaviors – building on simple commands, creating more complex tasks. If you told a puppy to go ring a doorbell or tell you when an alarm goes off, he would never understand. But if you break down those jobs into behaviors that he already knows – such as “nudge” or “touch” or “paw” – it suddenly becomes an attainable goal.
If you tried to teach a puppy a complex behavior in a high-distraction environment, you would surely overwhelm the poor creature. So you start slowly, in a…
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