how paisley my dog taught me to problem solve

Those of you that know me know that I have always loved dogs, but I had never owned one, that was until last Christmas. I adopted an 11 week old male sheltie shih zu mix who I absolutely adore, and named him Paisley after the country singer Brad Paisley. There was one unique problem, aside from the normal puppy stuff.

The unique problem

I couldn’t figure out an easy and enjoyable way to play with him as getting to the floor all the time simply wasn’t feasible for me. Paisley made it clear early that he liked tennis balls and treats so I would throw the ball call him back to me and in the process of taking the treat he would drop the ball. After a few rounds of this he would only get a treat after he dropped the ball. There was still a slight problem though.

how Paisley taught me to problem solve

I hated how much I had to struggle to lean down and get the dropped toy or ball. There had t be a to teach him how to drop it in my hand, but I hadn’t the first clue how to convey this to the dog. One day when we were playing he dropped the ball at my feet, but this time I didn’t move, I simply lowered my hand and offered it to him to see what he would do he picked up the ball and attempted to put the ball in my hand. I got really excited so he tried again until he was successful. His reward for being success was that I would simply throw the ball again. He now consistently drops the ball in my hand if he misses I tell him to get it and he tries again until he gets it right.

This is just one of many examples of how paisley my dog has taught me to problem solve. Do you like dogs do you have one yourself

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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