Join me interview Nancy Tucker about her brainchild, The Good Enough Dog. We explore why we place so much pressure on ourselves and our dogs, and how reframing our thoughts from “the good” dog to the “good enough” dog is one of the most powerful things we can do for ourselves and our canine companions.
Nancy, can you share with our listeners what The Good Enough Dog is and how it got started?
The Good Enough Dog concept started after I adopted a dog named Chili from a local animal shelter. She had several behavior issues and I found myself training all the time. The training was a great way to connect with her and teach her new life skills, but I couldn’t help but feel as though it was all business, all the time. I noticed how much pressure I was putting on myself to get it right, being a dog trainer, and all. I wanted to switch gears, start having fun with Chili, drop my expectations, and really celebrate who she is! This is where the concept The Good Enough Dog was born. It’s an invitation to pet parents to notice the good choices your dog is already making and be okay with good enough!
How do you practice this concept with your own dog?
I aspire to give Benny a fun, enriching experience each day in order to celebrate him! I let him sniff on walks. I allow him to make choices about his outcomes. And I catch myself if I start to project unrealistic expectations on him and myself. It’s a daily practice, being present and celebrating the dog (and myself) exactly as we are!
What are 3 things you wished all clients knew in order to support their training plans and relationship with their dogs?
- If it’s not a problem for you, then it’s not a problem.
- There is no official dog behavior rule book. You get to make up your own rules for yourself and your dog.
- It’s okay to manage behavior issues if that solution works for you and your dog!