Expressing Gratitude

Posted on 08/24/15 39 Comments

The past few months have been an exciting time here at Say Yes. A  brand new Recallers website, several brand new full time staff members, and many, many people brand new to our Say Yes community. There is so much to celebrate. We are incredibly grateful for our global dog loving community. It is humbling to have thousands of people reach out to express thanks, support and appreciation for all we do. You inspire us!

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

When I shared a video on this blog recently, about aligning core beliefs with dog training, it was suggested by our community that we have the words available as text, so it could printed for inspiration. We loved this idea! So, as our way of expressing gratitude to each and every one of you, we have taken the slides from that video, combined them with another popular blog post, and are thrilled to offer you the resulting eBook as a gift.

“Feeling gratitude, and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
William Arthur Ward

Click here to download your gift eBook “Behaving Gratitudinaeously”

Download your gift eBook

We hope you enjoy the eBook as a thank you for your dedication to the dogs in your life, and in the lives of people you touch, and for inspiring each of us. As people are discovering, reinforcement based training isn’t just something you do with a dog for a few minutes a day, it is a lifestyle, a way of life, it is “behaving gratitudinaeously.”

Looking for the best in our dogs has a way of helping you be that person that looks for the best in the people in their lives as well. It is truly infectious! It is the seed that has sown the amazing group of like minded dog lovers that has become our Say Yes community. It makes my job so easy as I am constantly being inspired by the people I am hoping to inspire.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

~Melody Beattie

Today I am grateful for our Say Yes community. Thank you for being an example of what it means to live a “reinforcement based life.” And thank you also for continuously lighting the flame within each of us here at Say Yes Dog Training!

Enjoy the ebook and please let me know what you think of it in the comments below!


  1. Catherine says:
    Monday, December 7, 2015 at 9:56pm

    I took the Handling 360 course when I got a puppy. I am completely new to dog training. I just finished two weekends of Noice A agility trials in Standard and Jumpers with Weaves. She did 3 runs in each, scored 100 on all but one, and finished first place in all six. In two weekends she earned her first two AKC titles in the absolute minimum number of runs possible. I owe this amazing success to Handling 360. Thank you for teachers no me how to train and succeed with my dog.


    • Susan says:
      Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 11:42pm

      Love this report Catherine! You are amazing!!!


  2. Jody Karow says:
    Friday, November 6, 2015 at 12:00pm

    Thanks Susan, looking forward to reading this. Gratitude as a daily practice brings more joy into our daily life. I love your approach to life and dogs.


  3. Jennifer Farrell says:
    Monday, October 26, 2015 at 8:12pm

    What an amazing exercise to do every night before going to sleep, just taking time to be grateful. Thank you for these thoughts. I would love to meet you Susan, Lynda and the Say Yes Team one day.


  4. john sandoval says:
    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 11:17pm

    Thank you so much for the e-book susan


  5. Silke Capo says:
    Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 4:23am

    3 years ago I would not have believed that a simple online dog training course (recallers) would not only change the life of my dogs but also my own one. And being grateful for what I have is for sure the most important change. Looking for the good things in dogs instead of the failures trained me to also see all the good things in my life 🙂


  6. Andi says:
    Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 9:10am

    Thank you so much for this book. I read just a little bit so far, but it’s right on the mark. Remembering to be gracious for who and what we have in our lives is important, and to tell those people and animals is just as important. And I enjoy reading your writing.


  7. Caz says:
    Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 4:24am

    Thank you ! I love this book because it aligns with my belief that the universe is designed to bring us abundance, as you focus on the more in your life which being grateful does, the universe then brings more to your life. I appreciate you and your team Susan xxx


  8. Cathy says:
    Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 12:49am

    LOVE IT! Hard to imagine anything better than time spent with my Horses and Dog! The horses love to work cattle and the puppy loves Agility! What a Ride! Life is so precious and short. … Live it and live it well with joy and laughter and a few tears thrown in for good measures.


  9. Bev says:
    Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 7:18pm

    Thank you,Susan.
    I appreciate your attitude just as much as I welcome your skill and knowledge.


  10. Claire Perry says:
    Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 4:43pm

    What an amazingly generous gesture motivated by your love of people and dogs. Thank you, I will treasure what you have shared. This is a true testimony to the beliefs that guide your life. Blessings.


  11. MaryLiz says:
    Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 4:04pm

    Thank you for that delightful little e-book! When I get a new dog of my own, I plan to get more involved with the Recallers. Can’t wait.


  12. sharon empson says:
    Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 3:43pm

    I believe one way we can be grateful is to express the grace and love toward others that the Lord has given us. Our Lord is our shepherd and He is a gentle and loving shepherd. I want to be that type of shepherd toward the dogs He has placed in my life. That means, I love them for who they are, not who I think they should be. That means, I take their strengths and mold them into gifts for a good companion animal or animal that competes. I pray that when others see God’s love in me, expressed toward His creation, animal or human, their hearts will be warmed. I am grateful for Susan and her example of that love and that shepherding of her animals. I am grateful for the Lord who has given us all good things in life to enjoy, even those crazy, impossible, wild dogs that take prayer for strength to train and who fill our hearts with great joy as they turn into that diamond in the ruff! I have one such dog, he is like Denise the Menace with a huge heart! Sharon California


  13. Suzane says:
    Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 1:55pm

    Thank you so much for this lovely ebook. So many of the quotes are true not only for dog training but life. I know my dog helps me to be a better person and improves the quality of my life each day.I want to do the same for her.


  14. Beryl kealy says:
    Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 12:52pm

    Thank you so much for your generous gift


  15. Andrea Perez says:
    Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 12:45pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your info!!! 🙂


  16. Anna Elliot says:
    Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 12:35pm

    Thank you so much for all the info you have shared with me! And the Gratitude ebook is fantastic! Thank you!


  17. Christi says:
    Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 11:20am

    Thank you, Susan! I love your programs! Just from the free lessons that you have so generously shared, I’ve seen such progress in my wild child pup and my older dogs have more enthusiasm.


  18. Diane says:
    Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 10:38am

    Thank you, Susan and team.


  19. Claudette barker says:
    Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 10:32am

    I can do that! Wonderful how good training helps even in inner exercises.


  20. Mary Lou says:
    Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 10:09am



  21. Marg says:
    Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 9:27am

    Thank you for your gracious sharing. May you be blessed in an even greater measure than you have blessed me and my dogs.


  22. Ruth says:
    Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 3:09am

    Huge thanks Susan! Great wisdom! I need a butterfly garden logo on my desk at work… awesomeness incorporated:)


  23. Ninette Smith says:
    Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 2:16am

    Thank you Susan 🙂 It’s lovely.


  24. Marianne Hovde says:
    Monday, August 24, 2015 at 8:28pm

    What a great idea. I haven’t even done the visualisaion yet, I have only read part of the book, and already I feel warm and fuzzy thinking about my dog 🙂


  25. Lois J Degan says:
    Monday, August 24, 2015 at 7:58pm

    Thank you so much for the e-book Susan. I also enjoyed your free 4 lessons earlier. Wish I could have afforded to join recallers at this time. I’m definitely interested in PuppyPeaks. I think you are an outstanding trainer!!!


  26. susan says:
    Monday, August 24, 2015 at 5:16pm

    Thank you for sharing! You are always a source of support and inspiration. I will enjoy the ebook!


  27. Cheryl Black says:
    Monday, August 24, 2015 at 3:08pm

    With every program of yours that I have joined I have done so with the glimmer of hope that I can make a difference in the behaviors and quality of life for my crazy rescue who carries baggage from before she came into our lives and baggage I put on her from trying to train from old non-positive methods from the ’70s. But learning how to change my focus a little bit, I think, is going to make all the difference. It gets me through the moments when she isn’t listening at all, the times she has stolen yet another thing, the times I’m following her down the street after an escape hoping she won’t get hit by a car, the times when I’m cleaning up after her from her sensitive stomach or cleaning the nastiness from her chronic ear problems. That focus is looking for the best in her and trying to LAUGH at her not so wonderful qualities. I’ve been trying to focus on this with the somewhat annoying people in my life as well. As I have heard you say I just know this dog training is going to give the world a better dog AND a better human. Thanks for all you do. It is also encouraging to know that you have had times when you didn’t have high energy and were struggling to train and struggling to face the world. Yet you overcame and continue to view struggles as just another puzzle to solve! Thanks for your openness and honesty. And thanks for yet another great resource. I think I’ll have my husband read it and he has NO interest in dog training. However, he does have trouble seeing the good in my dog. Come to think of it he struggles with seeing the good in people, too.:))


  28. LeeYong says:
    Monday, August 24, 2015 at 12:27pm

    Thank you for all your hard work and for making a huge difference in our lives… I’m so happy to be a part of Recallers:)


  29. Lesley Weihs says:
    Monday, August 24, 2015 at 10:28am

    Thanks for the inspiration to be a better person for my dog 🙂


  30. Krista Hill says:
    Monday, August 24, 2015 at 10:09am

    Very simply…thank you!


  31. Lynn Zagarella says:
    Monday, August 24, 2015 at 9:26am

    Grateful every day for your training wisdom and inspiration and everything I’ve learned from you.


  32. Kristi R says:
    Monday, August 24, 2015 at 9:26am

    This is a beautiful start to my day. Thank you!


  33. Carolyn says:
    Monday, August 24, 2015 at 8:38am

    Thank you! I signed up for Recallers partly because somewhere along the way, you said it would change you. I already have a pretty great dog and was looking for structured ways to positively interact with her each day, thinking that would help me in my daily interactions with others too. I love the path and thank you for your daily inspirations.


  34. Janet in Oz says:
    Monday, August 24, 2015 at 7:36am

    Thank you Susan And Lynda.

    You teach way more than dog training, and dog training teaches much more than stuff about dogs… I am amazed by all the new ideas about everything that I’ve encountered this year. Just trying to be a better person.

    A fellow dog trainer shared a variation on this today
    “Minds are like parachutes, they work best when open” and my sky diving friend would amend “Minds are like parachutes, they work best when carefully packed and then open”.


  35. Jeanine Colaluca says:
    Monday, August 24, 2015 at 7:15am

    You inspire me to drive further and more consistent. I love your approach and wish I had the opportunity for my strong headed and eager working Dobermans to meet you. Thank you for the small moments I do get with you.


  36. Zoey says:
    Monday, August 24, 2015 at 7:07am

    What a sweet, loving gesture to create this book. Thank you so much for all you do.


  37. Barbara Hunter says:
    Monday, August 24, 2015 at 3:50am

    I am just so grateful to you Susan and your Say Yes team. You have been so amazing in helping me connect to my dogs and the people around me. Thank you one and all. I am so happy and grateful to be a tiny blob within this huge circle of tremendous help and love. I LOVE THE EBOOK (by the way!!)


  38. Carol Johnson says:
    Monday, August 24, 2015 at 2:19am

    Thank you for sharing you gratitude moments. It touched me so much and made me appreciate my boys so much more.


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