My husband and I recently welcomed a Golden Retriever puppy into our home. Henry has quickly become one of the family. We also have a tortoise coloured cat, she’s two. Her welcome has not been as generous as ours, as one can imagine. I am fortunate that I am able to work from home, when not out visiting clients. I was able to be with Henry a lot. Which has also taught me a lot. It is a huge responsibility to bring a young animal into your home. He needed an amazing amount of attention and guidance. He is a smart dog, the breed lends itself to that. However, he needed to be trained to know that carpets are not toilets and shoes are not chew toys. Bringing him outside several times a day from the same door to the backyard let him know this is how he asks, and where he goes to do his business. He now goes to that door on his own and we know to let him out. I found myself thinking about how important training is and how training leads to having the best behaviours. Not only in dogs, but in everything one wants to be the best at.
It may sound like a simple analogy or an easy metaphor, but I truly believe that training is so important and so essential.
I have been heavily involved in training throughout my career in transportation. It is such a vital component in any trucking operation. Only by doing, over and over again, do we get better at what we do. Repetition is one thing, but learning is a part of training as well.
I am fortunate enough to also be able to apply this methodology to my business. I get to share my experience and train those coming into the industry by using what I have learned and providing guidance. Mentoring is fulfilling and proliferating. Ours is an industry that is always evolving and by using tools to train those willing to learn, we all win.
So there you have it. I have now managed to equate getting a puppy to being a great example of the value of training in transportation!