This is the newest addition to the Horrocks household

27th January 2021

Who doesn’t like a post about Dogs & Personal Development? This is the newest addition to the Horrocks household – Meet Winnie the Golden Cocker Spaniel.

I’ve learnt an awful lot about canines in a very short space of time but perhaps what surprised me the most is the link between puppy ownership and how it has positively impacted my day to day job @SamsonVT

So here are 4 of the top lessons I’ve learnt so far...

1. Forgiveness & positivity can be very powerful

During our 2nd dog walk the worst thing happened… I stood on her paw and I heard my first puppy ‘yelp’. Nothing really prepares you for it, but you can imagine my confusion when I bent down to make sure she was OK and she jumped on me (tail wagging) to come and get closer to me to try & lick my face. What the hell have I just witnessed?

And here is where I learnt my first lesson – forgiveness! Hopefully, a giant person won’t ever stand on your toe during a rainy walk around the park but the next time something unpleasant happens in your life - try to deal with it by confronting the issue with a genuinely positive approach. Its so easy to fall into a negative spiral & trap these days quite simply because it’s easier to be that way – being positive is actually quite difficult! I am a firm believer that you can only really deal with something negative with an open & positive mindset and Winnie taught me that at just 12 weeks and 2 days old.

2. Get outdoors & go exploring!

You’d be surprised how enjoyable walking in the rain really is! Buy yourself some decent walking shoes & go for a long hike & I promise that you’ll feel great when you come back. I’ve been working a lot from home recently & going for a lunch or morning walk does wonders for the spirit.

Exercise in the great outdoors will improve your mood, lower your stress levels & burn calories. Whether you have a dog is irrelevant, but it helps make it a bit more fun. That Netflix series isn’t going anywhere but now since you’re asking – I really liked Queens Gambit (shout out to the creators).

3. Be consistent with any kind of training & you’ll reap the rewards

Teaching our four-legged friend basic commands has not been easy, it takes a lot of patience & commitment but it’s important to keep the training consistent all the time, and it’s the same for us humans.

There seems to be a strange expectation nowadays (I’ve personally experienced this) where if you aren’t immediately good at something then you feel a bit deflated. During my first park run last year I remember asking where the Defibrillator was just in case things went properly downhill.

Whether you are taking up a new hobby like going to the gym, learning a new language or training for a 10k run – be consistent with it & you will reap the benefits. It will get easier and more enjoyable with time too.

4. Spend time with people that make you feel good

There’s an old saying, which is certainly true, that dogs repay the love you give them ten-fold. Nothing quite beats seeing the joy on their faces when you pick up a toy and they know its playtime. Even relaxing at home feels better in the company of someone who wants to be with you.

I recently watched a video about surrounding yourself with the right people, it was pretty brutal but it made a really good point which made me think about our latest addition and how being around good energy is so hugely beneficial.

Everyone meet Winnie, Winnie meet everyone!

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