The foundation of obedience is trust. In our first session of Heartsong Pet Dog Training, we built on this truth:
Obedience to the call of God requires that we trust Him more than we trust ourselves.
In that first session, we covered basic obedience training concepts:
- Responding to name – a call to Attention
- Exercising impulse control – a call for restraint
- Accepting “No.”
- Sit – a default position while waiting for further instruction
We built on our foundation with the truth of an ‘old saying:’
The life of faith is well described as a
‘long obedience in one direction.’
Session two on our way to Pet Therapy Teams brought us to these points of obedience:
- Responding to their name when competing interests ‘called’. The walk of faith increases in difficulty when things we really like compete for God’s attention. Obedience overcomes the temptation–and response to the name happens!
- Moving from an ATTENTION command to a CORRECTION command, we practiced “Leave it.” This is an exercise to teach making good choices. Leave it is practiced with things that are enticing…obedience calls to a higher choice.
- OUCH! Dogs really do not know we are not one of them. They are made for biting and chewing upon. We are not. Dramatic exclamations of pain help them learn to stop behaviors that harm us. They want to please; we have to help them understand–just like God does for us.
- Stay or Wait. Do you not hate waiting?! Stay is taught in a two-step process. First, we ask our pet to stay while we are with them–just moving a few feet away. Then, we move farther out. God does the same. In the early stages of our faith-walk, we need constant assurance and blessings to keep us going. As we grow in obedience, we may be called to endure some times of waiting. Distractions are a key factor in this…anything that draws the focus of our pet will require us to move closer to the pet. That’s a pretty good faith recommendation too. The busier we are, the more we need face time with Jesus!
- Come! Taught in much the same way as Stay!, the distance and distractions work in relationship. Come is not the same as Name Response. With Name, we want attention–but perhaps not running to us. Name is to elicit a stop and look; come means ‘draw near.’
I’d love to hear how your training–and trusting–is growing!