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How to Teach a Dog to Be Brave

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I know I’m projecting. Courage in the outdoors, knowledge of my own limits, is something I’ve been testing and pushing since I was a teenager. It’s something that dogsledding has done for me. For years, I panicked before every run, terrified by the fact that I could not predict, could never predict, what was going to happen that day. I’ve never really gotten over that fear. But what I’ve learned through years of blizzards and frostbite and broken headlamps, tangles and wolves and splintered sleds, is that whatever happens, I’ll find a way to handle it. I can’t predict or control problems, but I have a darn good track record for protecting my team and coming out the other end. Sometimes I think that’s as close to real courage as I’m going to get.

You cannot control what happens but you can control how you react to it.