I have recently been training for a Spartan race this coming June.  So many things we do in life can relate to dog training and today I want to discuss how dog training relates to training for a competing in a Spartan Race.

If someone wanted to go out and do a Spartan Race without any foundation laid and no training they may be able to complete it (depending on their physical agility and many other factors), however, most people would struggle and most likely not make it to the finish line without the proper training and practice.  To properly prepare for a Spartan Race I can’t just wake up one day and do it, it’s accumulative and you build up in preparation for the race.  So you may be asking; how does this have anything to do with dog training!?!

It has EVERYTHING to do with dog training!  So many people want the obedient dog but don’t lay the foundation or do the work.  It’s all about action.  Just because I want an obedient dog I can’t will it to happen, I have to take action.  To get results you must have education, discipline, and desire.  So how do you achieve these things?

Education is a key piece to achieving goals.  Find experts in the field and suck up their knowledge.  Take classes, schedule time with them personally, hire a coach, read reputable books and blogs, engulf yourself with ways to soak up the knowledge.  The more knowledgable you are about the goal you are trying to achieve the better decisions you can make along the way.

Staying disciplined and focused isn’t for the weak hearted.  If it was we would all achieve our goals easily and with minimal effort.  To remain disciplined you have to want it!  I mean…really want it!  Accountability partners are great, someone to hold you to it when you might stray from the path.  But at the end of the day they can not make you do it, you have to do it.  Finding like minded people, a group of people with the same goal is a great way to stay motivated.

Having a desire is discovering your “whys”.  Ask yourself why you want to achieve this, if your “why” is not strong enough or clear enough you won’t do it.  It’s as simple as that.  Dig deep, ask yourself questions, and truly figure out why you want to achieve the goal.  Revisiting the “whys” is fuel that will keep you moving forward when you are tempted to quit.

So all in all, how does dog training relate to a Spartan Race?  It’s a training marathon, not a sprint.  You have to plan, take action, become educated, and TRAIN to reach your goals.  There is no instant gratification here…but the feeling you get when you achieve your goal is insurmountable.

Renee Jetter started her career with dogs when she was 9 years old by volunteering for her local animal shelter in Boone, Iowa. By the young age of 12, Renee received the “Pets Choice Award” for her kindness and love of animals, in addition to her dedication and work ethic. Jetter has been professionally training dogs since her graduation from the Animal Behavior College in 2006. She has experience competing in obedience, training service dogs, conducting group classes and teaching private lessons.