Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of 15 novels, including The Unfinished Gift, The Discovery and When Night Comes. He has won 3 Carol Awards and 3 Selah Awards. Three of his books were finalists for Inspirational Book of the Year (RT Book Reviews). Dan is a member of ACFW and Word Weavers. He lives with his wife, Cindi, in the Daytona Beach area where they love to take walks and spend time with their grandkids. Click here to connect with Dan or check out his books.
- You can teach old dogs new tricks - That's really just a myth. I've seen it happen with dogs of all ages. Even our own. When my wife was near the end of her schooling, I said, "If all this stuff is really true, shouldn't you be able to fix our dogs?" They were 4 years old then and had some serious quirks. Sure enough, she fixed all of them.
- Your dog is not the problem 90% of the time - The problem is mostly us, and the fact that dogs are nothing like people. They don't think like we do and have a totally different way of communicating. These differences can be known and understood. Once they are, it's amazing how much better your dog will behave (and how much happier you both will be).
- Most of the reasons people get rid of their dogs are fixable problems - It's a horrible thing to bring a dog down to a shelter because of problems that make life seem incompatible. The truth is, 90% of the problems can be solved by spending time with a certified dog trainer. My wife (and trainers like her) have reconciled hundreds of dogs with their owners.
- Finally, dogs actually save people's lives - Sadly, 22 military veterans commit suicide every day in the US. Most are vets who served in Iraq or Afghanistan and suffer from PTSD. Many of these men and women can be saved by getting a trained service dog. I watched dozens of videos of veterans who said their service dog was responsible for preventing their suicide. With their dog's help, many are beginning to resume all kinds of activities they had been unable to do before.