Well, nothing like sending off your entries for the Grand Prix in October to get you motivated. Motivated in the way that I have sent “Bug’s” entry off, and in every event she is in, she has to weave. Now that is not such a big problem for a trained agility dog but there in lies my problem. We are yet to tackle those pesky poles 🙂 Now that should create a potentially interesting couple of days for us, so now I have no option but to get off my butt and get training.
I love the 2 x 2 method. Having said that I have trained 2 dogs with it. One from the book which has lead to no end of problems for that dog, (purely because of my interpretation of it), and one from the DVD. The book dog has struggled since day one and has to be micro managed the whole way and continues to need micro managing , where Ben the dog trained from the DVD, has the most beautiful weavers and entires. I think having had 2 dogs already trained with this method with very mixed results, I am well equipped for the third one and happy to say that because she is a thinking dog that really helps.
We are still on the 2 poles but she has had a lightbulb moment today and figured that you had to go in a certain side so that was great. So, we are well on our way – if only I can stop procrastinating and make myself train every day on them.
Today instead of teaching me, she has reminded me to allow her to fail and let her work her way through tough situations in order for her to succeed.
Sometime ago my idealistic bubble was popped in a rather sad way. I thought that most people doing dogs sports were in it for the right reason. How naive I was after doing this sport for 20 years. I was very saddened to find that some people moved their dogs on because “they were not winning”. I guess on reflection, those people that have this attitude really don’t have the slightest Idea on what winning really is.
I think Bug is a winner. I think this because she wins when it comes to being first in for a pat. She wins for being the dog that literally makes me laugh multiple times a day ( it the Koole dag factor and those with Koolies will know exactly what I am talking about). She wins the hogging stakes in the bed having my husband complain that with a King size bed and koolie in it, he still has to hang his leg out the side. She wins when she seeks me out and just stands next to me for no hidden reason. I could go on about how she is a winner but you get the drift.
So what is winning? Is it the dog that is locked away from animal andhuman contact so that it will want to be with its owner when it goes in the ring and comes home with the shinny blue ribbon – only to go back in a crate until the next event? or is it the dog that is a part of your life no matter what and that makes your heart sing the winner. I know my choice and actually feel very sorry for the dogs that live with the former.
Today she taught me that the best part of winning is a run on the beach, in the sun without a cloud in the sky, and she is a girl with the biggest grin who is now sound asleep at my feet. She definitely won today 🙂
So…What do you think constitutes a winner??????????