October 25th, 2005


Training update

In addition to shopping for Dobes, going to Greg Derrett's seminar and to my first AKC trial in about 4 years, I have also done a little training.

I've been going back to the double box and working on some of the stuff that Jaime seems to be missing. Like a simple post turn and to drive to be in front of me when I do a front cross or a false turn. I have a hard time when I do a diagonal front cross, I go too deep and so I drive him too far foreword, or I start my cross too soon which then causes him to need an oposite arm to come in over a jump when a post turn should be enough. I wish I could diagram some of this stuff. If I had a scanner perhaps I could just scan in my notes--that would be cool.

I've also been doing stuff with Devon. Everytime he does anything like a jump or a tunnel I get so excited. and he's just so cute when he's doing it! Last night for the young dog's class we were practicing 270s and he was doing it! then Melanie set up a teeter propped between two tables to see if our dogs were comfortable running across the plank w/o movement. Naturally those people whose dogs had already been doing teeters didn't think their dogs needed this exercise but every one of them was at least somewhat fearful of crossing it. and when they asked their dogs to jump onto it from the side or even just to jump off, most dogs were afraid to even do that.

I don't understand why people don't believe that it's important for their dog to be able to jump on and off the teeter board (or the dw or the A-frame) from the side. My class partner has a big, heavy show type Golden and even though she knows that Goldens are prone to teeter fears and even though her dog was afraid to canter across the board, she still insisted that her dog didn't need to know how to jump off the teeter if he felt like he needed to. I even tried to use the analogy of how she would feel if I put up a narrow board and asked her to run across it but prevented her from jumping off if she felt she was losing her balance. And she *still* insisted that her dog didn't need that. I wonder if it's because they think that it's being suggested that their dog needs remedial work or something? Sigh. People's egos are *so* tied up in how their dog performs. I feel like asking them if their self esteem is so fragile that it rests on how adept their dog is at running accross a piece of wood.

I have an almost unlimited amount of patience for teaching people who are trying to learn even if they have very little aptitude. But as soon as someone seems resistant to learning--especially when they haven't even thought about what I'm saying, I lose my willingness to try to teach them.