“You’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.” – Irish Proverb
A lot in life can be compared to farming. You leave a field to itself, it will become overgrown and produce no fruit. You work the field, you get a good crop. The same can be said about owning a dog.
Leaving a dog untrained isn’t actually having an untrained dog. Something will happen, some kind of learning will take place. That garden will be full of weeds.
Training a dog purposely gets the most out of the dog, and gives the dog the best chance at having a happy life. This garden will have fruit.
How does this get done? You just do it. Pick up the phone, set the first appointment, and start training your puppy. If the puppy is now an adult, then hire the trainer to help you weed that garden, and then plant good training for future good behavior.
Make the effort. You can’t enjoy the fruit of a garden that was never planted or tended. Likewise, you can’t enjoy a well mannered obedient dog that isn’t trained and properly supervised. It doesn’t help to just identify the needs and then never doing anything about it. Yes, you can always find other interesting things to do to avoid doing the training. But you know you are flaking out, and you can’t feel good about yourself or your dog by avoiding what needs to be done.
Do. Do something. Do the training.