Have you ever tried to train a deaf dog?
Snow is my wonderful pit bull mix who happens to be deaf.
I adopted her back in 2013 from a local dog shelter. She was seemingly poised and polished in behavior, with the most luminous white coat I’d ever seen.
I only intended for her to be a pet.
Snow and I started working with a trainer, and soon she received her Canine Good Citizen Award.
One day, my trainer said, “Snow’s highly trainable. She could be a service dog.”
In case you didn’t realize by now, I’m a wheelchair user. (No, it’s not a new drug.) I have muscular dystrophy. As the year’s pass, my muscle tone degenerates. It’s increasingly difficult for me to perform daily activities.
I didn’t realize she had the capability.
Snow and I began working with a specialized trainer, so Snow could learn to perform mobility tasks to help me with certain daily activities.
She’s really smart.
But me, not so much.
I mean, have you ever tried training a deaf dog?
It’s essential you are equipped with the right hand signals and armed with a plethora of puppy treats.
During training, we run a gamut of emotions.
She is always poised, polished, and ready to perform.
Me, I go from being determined to drained in 10 minutes flat.
I’m used to communicating my needs with sound. Snow can’t hear. She only responds to body language and energy.
Training a deaf dog requires the utmost patience.
Just like copywriting.
From explaining SEO keyword spamming to clueless clients to handling their mangling of my best writing, it requires patience.
I have to be understanding and tackle anger management in order to educate some of my clients.
I can’t just walk away because I’m frustrated. I have to put my big girl panties on, wiggle a little bit, and handle every situation like Snow does; poised, polished, and ready to perform.
Because if I’m not on my A-Game, my clients won’t receive my best.
I truly believe you don’t get the dog you want, you get the dog you need. Snow teaches me patience; a skill that’s helped me build a successful business.