At one of my successful workshops this year (2014), we talked about ‘labels’ we use on our dogs e.g. my dog is ‘naughty‘ or she is ‘my poor rescue’. When we attach emotions and negative words to describe our animals we see them imperfect or having problems. They may not be the perfect beings we imagined or are striving for, but how about we call them ‘challenging and in-training’ or ‘my new best friend’ . When we think and talk of them negatively we put that emotion down the lead and reinforce feelings we don’t actually want to encourage. So give your loved companions a pat on the back, imagine them as you want them to be, and strive forward with perfect intentions and help your animal be the best they can be, they will follow your lead – literally!