I have two dogs back stateside that are living with my parents who are pretty well trained. I didn’t do everything perfect though so before the wife and I got our Shiba I watched a handful of videos on Youtube hoping to pick up some useful training tips.
I found some guy with a face who has a bunch of dog training videos, most of which are actually pretty good. Among the best is a video about creating an environment that encouraged your dog to behave well. It was some of the best advice I’ve found in regards to dog training.
A good example of creating an environment that encourages success would be when I am home alone with the dog and want to take a shower. If I left my pup in the kitchen alone while I am in the shower he would chew the shit out of the wall. A bored little puppy is going to do what puppies and girls with daddies issues do – try to put their mouths on everything around them. So instead of leaving the puppy alone with a chew toy and hoping for the best I’d lure him into his cage with a treat and go take my shower. Basically by always controlling his environment, and making sure he always had a kong, ball, or rope to play with I made it much less likely he would fuck up and try to chew through a wall or dig through the trash. Along with lots of training and positive reinforcement I got a better behaved dog faster and with less stress. It’s a real easy concept and I can’t believe I had never heard of it before.
I’ve tried lately to use this concept outside of dog training as well with a bit of success, although controlling my environment is a little more complicated for me than my dog. For example, I fucking hate the sound of people chewing food. Even when people chew with their mouth closed I can`t stand the sound.
I love many things about Japan but the table manners here are a bit different. People here slurp their food and hit their teeth with chopsticks/forks/any object that enters their mouth (giggity) and it drives me up a damn wall.
I do realize that my belief that all humans should eat as quietly as ninjas walk can directly be linked to my ever quickening decent into insanity and therefore in order to limit stress and not murder anyone I do whatever I can to avoid situations that will trigger a state of rage. I don’t sit next to my mother-in-law when I eat at restaurants, always turn on Netflix when I eat at home, and stay the hell out of ramen shops (too much gluten anyway).
Other examples would be going to the gym when it’s not crowded, always carrying a clipboard at work to appear busy and keep the boss off my back, and always putting a towel down before masturbating in the tatami room. In all these examples I`m making success more likely and creating stress free environments by avoiding issues that would cause headaches like squat racks full of douche bags doing curls, bosses trying to pass down real work, and trying to vacuum dried semen out of straw like matting.
Life is full of stress. Sometimes you end up in a pretty shitty situation like your baby having multiple heart surgeries, or realizing that if you don`t get your act together you`ll be in the same nowhere job until forced retirement at 65. However life is also full of a lot of good things and by removing the small petty shit you`re better able to enjoy the best life has to offer. By putting yourself in a good spot when you can, you free up energy for when life really hits you with circumstances outside of your control.
Common sense right? Well if I had common sense I wouldn’t have ended up in the magical kingdom that is the Kuni.
Until next time.