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Focus on Strengths; Not Weaknesses

I was recently reading an article wherein the author stated he had read a book called "Soar With Your Strengths." Although the book is about business management methods, the general takeaway applies to a lot in life:

"Don't try to teach someone how to improve their weaknesses, but rather focus on having them improve their strengths."

Some people might disagree, but I think that's paramount in a successful dog training program. Instead of focusing on "bad" dog behavior, hone in on what "good" behavior the dog is displaying, and cultivate that.

Picture this entirely hypothetical situation: your parents get a 7-week-old puppy. They haven't had a puppy in over 7 years...so their patience is wearing thin with a rambunctious, young, untrained dog. Enter "trying to improve weakness." Everything the puppy does is "No." (Or, knowing your mother, more like "NO!!")

The puppy trots over to stick her head in the garba…