The Time Factor
Understand it is about Time
Time is not an object or substance we can touch or see. But neither is it merely a dimension, quantity or a concept
What is the definition of time?
Well it is “the continuous passage of existence in which events pass from a state of potentiality in the future, through the present, to a state of finality in the past” (ReversoDictionary).
Everyone procrastinates at some point in their life, some more than others “Procrastination in large part reflects our perennial struggle with self-control as well as our inability to accurately predict how we’ll feel tomorrow, or the next day. “I don’t feel like it” takes precedence over goals; however, it then begets a downward spiral of negative emotions that deter future effort” (Psychology Today).
“The continuous passage of existence” – Whatever you do you cannot just stop time; every day is a measurable period during which without action a behaviour or condition exists and continues.
If we allow ourselves to procrastinate when it comes to unwanted behaviour in our dogs, then we will not reach that “state of potentiality in the future”. We will in effect but be stuck in past experiences and events never achieving that state of finality.
The modern concept that bad behaviour will just resolve itself is a fallacy that has been created by the unwillingness of some to channel or challenge these behaviours. But this article is not about who is right or who is wrong it’s about time and how we define it and we use it.
There are a variety of established methods of animals training, each with its adherents and critics. Some of the better-known dog training procedures include the Koehler method, clicker training, motivational training, electronic training, model-rival training, dominance-based training, and relationship-based training.
The main point of this article is to help you understand and be reassured by the idea that whatever training system you choose to use, if you stick with it, understand it and keep moving forward you will eventually get the outcome you strive to achieve. The only way to change an unwanted behaviour is to continue your training, learn to understand your dog’s behaviour and put the time in to change it.
It was once said that “time is a funny thing, it can give, and it can take away; and a single moment in time can truly change one’s life forever” (Donna L. Jones).
“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got” (Henry Ford).
1.ReversoDictionary . (). Time Factor. Available: dictionary.reverso.net/english-definition/time+factor. Last accessed 24 Nov 2017.
2.Psychology Today. (2017). Procrastination. Available: https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/procrastination. Last accessed 24 Nov 2017.