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Jan 10, 2019

Both the farm dog and the house dog are worthy animals. However, they each have their place and will fair far better in the appropriate situation. Are you a farm dog or a house dog? It might be a good time for you to make a change.

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[INTRO]

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*Alex*

Welcome to Morning Mindset. A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a professional educator & trainer, Amazon best selling author, United States Marine, Television, and Radio host, Paul G. Markel. Each episode will focus on positive and productive ways to strengthen your mindset and help you improve your relationships, career goals, and overall well-being. Please welcome your host; Paul G. Markel.


*Professor Paul*

Welcome back to yet another episode of the morning mindset podcast. I'm your host Paul Markel, and I'm excited to talk to you today. Today we're going to talk about dogs. Now when you’re a kid, when you’re a child, we've had dogs, I grew up with dogs. I grew up in a dog type household from the time my first memories, and I don't know how old you are. When you first start remembering things three or four years old or five or so, but my first memories in my memories of our houses, we didn't have a lot of money, but we always had enough.
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We always had a dog or sometimes two dogs or you know, depending on circumstances, but I grew up in a doghouse household that had dogs now when you're a kid you pick a dog based upon what? Based on how it looks and baseball and whether or not it's friendly or and all puppies are friendly and all puppies are cute, and it doesn't matter what the breed of dog is when you know, when you're young or if you're inexperienced, you could be an older person to be an experience all puppies are young and playful and cute and so we get our dogs often based upon whether or not we think they're cute.
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Right, they're cute dog, or maybe you're a little bit more advanced and you know, maybe your mom or says we're not getting a long-haired dog because they shed everywhere and or we're going to get a short-haired dog because this or we're going to you know, large dog, small dog, whatever but if you have experience with dogs, if you are a dog person if you're serious about it, if you've been a trainer whatever, you know that different breeds behave and perform differently and I know that seems like stating the obvious, but it's not just about how they look, they're wired differently.
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Some dogs are perfectly content to lay on the porch. You know porch dogs, we've all seen this the old hound dogs in movies and TV and you know, and you walk up on the porch and the dog doesn't even get any lift his head. It might shift its eyes, look at you and like “Hey, what's up there buddy? You know I'm taking my nap, leave me alone.” I sleep 20 hours a day and then there are other dogs that are extremely energetic. We live in cattle country right now, and there are a lot of there are specific breeds of dogs that are cattle dogs, and why are they cattle dogs, why are they farm dogs?
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Well because they're bred in there is part of their DNA to be very energetic and outgoing, they're intelligent, they're smart dogs. Yes, believe it or not, I know that you probably look at your little puppy down there or you look at your dog and you think that your dog is the smartest dog and whole widest world. But the fact is there are differences in breeds now a farm dog who has a lot of energy and is a working dog a high-end.
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No, they're not really going to be happy in New York or Chicago or they're not going to be happy living in an urban area. Right and that can be having a happy living in an urban area where you leave them in your condo or your apartment all day long, right is they want to be out in the wide open spaces now are there dogs that are perfectly content to just take a nap lay in the sunbeam and you know, you know hang out while you're at work and then, you know, you come home they get excited for 20 minutes and they go lay back down again. Yes, there are and shape all this is Morning Mindset. What why we talked about dogs. Are you a farm dog? Or are you a house dog? Are you City dog?
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You farm dog, and the reason I ask that is you may currently be very happy with your career situation your job situation, but you may not be, and if you're not happy with your current living conditions, if you're not happy with your current job situation, it could be because you are not wired for that job. Now. You may have thought that you were you may have thought, you know when that would be the ideal situation for you many times people will buy when I was a young kid. I was probably kindergarten or first-grade time frame, and my parents were young people obviously because you unless you have five-year-olds, you're young a young couple in your 20s and somebody offered my parents a husky puppy and it was, of course, it was cute as beautiful blue eyes.
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Husky puppy, playful and all that. Well in the dog grew up Huskies, if you know anything about husky dogs, they're very active. The very smart dogs and even though we had a large fenced-in backyard, my dad could not keep that dog fenced in that dog would dig under the fence that dog would climb on stuff that dog. He ate our as little kids. He ate our socks like he'd eat one sock consume an entire sock, and then there would be socks in the backyard in dog poop how we had to give him away. We had it seemed like a good idea at the time.
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Seemed like you know, we had kids, you know, we were little kids and we had a backyard a fenced in a large fenced-in backyard, but that dog needed more he needed to be out now when you guys hear me tell you this I'm not joking. I'm not being glib and we actually when I was a kid a little kid, we had a Milkman. Yes, there was actually a truck that came around and it had a route in the guy stopped in front of your house, and you could buy and it wasn't just milk. It was all kinds of other things like for instance juices and popsicles and ice cream and so forth.
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We legit had a Milkman, right? I know that's you know gone the way of the dodo but we did and the Milkman lived on a farm and so we arranged for this dog to go live on the milkman's farm, and I know it sounds totally cliche and you're like bulk. Now Paul your parents just told you that actually, we went there. We visited the farm and I saw the horses and cows and all this stuff, and so the dog was way happier there because he didn't even have to be in a fenced-in yard. He could just run and Rome and bark at the horses and cattle and so forth, and he was very happy.
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Now originally we thought you know that it was a good idea, my parents, I didn't have any idea that I was five or six. They thought it was a good idea turned out it wasn't but the dog was way happier, and we were way happier we change situations. You might not be happy with your current job situation. You maybe you thought when you got that job or you entered that career field may be at the time it seemed perfect to you. It seemed like a great idea, perfect idea. I'm going to do this. I'm going to be happy and then a few years down the line you realize that you're not, and you're frustrated and you may not even know why like why am I frustrated?
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Why don't I like this anymore? Why don't why do I dread going to work every day, and what is that maybe because you're a farm dog it living in a condo? Maybe you're not wired for that. Maybe you need to make a change. Now could we have and unfortunately, the sad, sad reality of our modern world is what people will do if their dog is super hyperactive or what have you or wants to be outside or if they get a working farm dog, and they want to live in a condo they go to a veterinarian and they get special pills to calm their dog down and they medicate their dogs so that they're calm, and maybe in your situation you're like well, I mean, I don't really like this job.
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You know, I can I can live with it I can deal with it. I can find a way around it. It could be better just to make a change now is changing easy. No, it's not, it requires dedicated effort and it may be a little scary. You know, you might have to take a risk. But it could just be that what you thought was a good idea originally for you. What you thought you were going to be a good fit is not and you need to make a change you need to realize you like and you know the house dog if you put a house dog on a farm, you totally expected it to work. It probably wouldn't like that either. So if you switch situations neither one of them are going to be happy. You may be a house dog. You may be a farm dog. You might be a working dog and you may need a different change.
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I had a different change, a different setting and different venue might need to make a change in your life, and if you do you may be way happier more productive. So I thought that was a, you know, it's a worthwhile conversation, and yes, we had many many dogs over the years and we had some dogs that were perfectly suited for kids houses and so forth and there were times that we lived on a small farm and we had dogs that could just free room. Just depends on your situation. Maybe you're in a situation where you need to make a change. Alright, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for joining me today. I am your host Paul Markel, and I will talk to you again real soon.


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*Alex*

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