Monday, May 23, 2016
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Monday, May 2, 2016
I think I need a break from agility….actually, I need a break from everything.
I took Indie his third agility trial of 2016. Each time I felt the same thing – complete and utter disinterest in being there. Twice I left early….I wasn’t having fun. That in itself isn’t fair to my dogs or my husband.
It isn’t that it was the opposite of fun…it wasn’t streeful by any means. It was just complete and utter lack of any interest.
I still love to train my dogs – we still go to class each week (or we try to anyways) – I just have no interest in competition. Actually, I almost feel resentment to having to be there – which of course I don’t have to be there it is always of my own choosing.
I don’t know why I feel this way. I know Travis not being here is part of it – I still cry nearly everyday. It isn’t the same without him. Also, Indie…I feel like something isn’t right with him – and that in itself could be paranoia from loosing Travis so suddenly.
And then there is me. I hate the way I have let my health decline the way it has. Food has once again become my comfort “go to”…I desperately need to loose weight.
Agility will always be here…it isn’t going anywhere. If I step out of the picture for a few months (almost a year) I won’t “miss anything”. Besides, I can volunteer. I can stay connected by being connected.
I’ll still go to Regionals (already paid an ass load to be there), and possibly….POSSIBLY….Nationals, but otherwise I think I need to bow out for a while.
Maybe I can “hybernate” and emerge next March a new person. I’d like to be a new person.
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Had fun little class with Vixen today, one hour at The Training Hall, with Christine running the show….we are all counting down the days until we get to have class OUTSIDE!!
Three stations to work…
First, plank work with nose targets. We suck, mostly because I haven’t trained it, like, at all. Now that Rally is on the back burner we can get that back on track.
Second was shaping the tire. The easy stuff was….easy. The testing the understanding resulted in some fabulous failures. It won’t be the last time I say it…FAILURES ARE AESOME!! When we get failures, we also get the opportunity to help our dog understand how to be correct.
I am truly of the mind set now that without training with failure (purposeful exercises set up for the dog to fail, but then also be correct) the dog truly doesn’t understand our expectations.
Vixen had some real thinking moments. When withdrawing reinforcement, she really took a step back and went “what the @#$%!”, then you could see the lightbulb go off! “Oh…I have to do ‘this’ to get reinforcement!” Brilliant!
Last station was some one jump exercises. Super fun. We worked on our backside “sends” and slowly started to introduce “serps” through placement of reinforcement. I’ve started to see that Vixen is not a tight turner, she is a flanker for sure. I know she’ll get it though. It was so much fun working with her on this, that as soon as we got home we headed out back to “the patch” to work on it some more.
Super fun girlie. :)