The dogs that really make you work for it are the ones that really make the training worth it :)
However...at the time it can be a hard pill to swallow when we as trainers hit a wall!
Even is a dog that makes you look good :) She figures things out quickly, and retains it and applies it immediately. She would be what many would call a "doer". Lynn is a "thinker" ANALYZE ANALYZE and then ANALYZE some more! Then take those results and ANALYZE them again :) Lynn makes me stay one step ahead of her and always will point out the faults or holes in the training....damn Lynn :)
Lynn suddenly decided not to do her running dogwalk as I had stated before. I couldn't for the life of me figure out WHY. Was it a phase, was the criteria too lose for her to grasp? Should I give up? Should I go to 2 on 2 off? What should I do?
My first thought was a break...maybe she needs time off. OR...
Maybe I am doing it all wrong, maybe I am going too fast, maybe I am being to much of a perfectionist....so many maybe's, what if's and what happened going through my head.
But I settled on a break...So DURING that break I wanted to work on tricks with her, in addition to agility stuff other than the dogwalk.
Of course, being the insane person I am, I have my dogwalk in the house...so I thought I would just play on the flat part of the dogwalk and just do tricks to just play.
Lynn did NOT want to go on it. NOT AT ALL. Hmmmmm...seriously...could I have taught the dog a running dogwalk and NOT have her like this part!?!? REALLY? Probably mom, you are kinda special like that...
SO...we spent this week learning how to jump off the dogwalk :) LOTS of treats and toys and fun jumping off the dogwalk! WOO HOO!
Today...she did her 20" dogwalk just like before, except with MORE speed and MORE confidence :) Who says the easy way is always better :)
Staying one step ahead of Lynn can be challenging, but I wouldn't have it any other way!