As those of you have been following the blog have seen, I have attempted to train a running dogwalk with Lynn.
I got to about 28" full dogwalk and then there was a fall, a small fall. And things went downhill from there. I thought she as just acting sensitive about the dogwalk, but in reality...that was causing issues in other parts of life for her.
She was not willing to offer behaviors, she was not willing to TRY. And that is HUGE. That told me so much about what was going on in her head. She was not happy.
I am not sure if the method isn't concrete enough...more abstract for her, or what is going on, but I don't think this method is a good match for her :( Or maybe I haven't been clear enough, honestly I can't say. I am sure it is a combination of both. Either way, I am not ready to let this make her into a different dog. It isn't worth it.
We haven't worked on a dogwalk in more than a week and I am getting my baby girl back :) She is happy again, wanting to run hard and wanting to TRY again! Which I am so very happy to see!
Currently, I am talking to many people about running dogwalks and looking at possible options...many of these people have been VERY great about answering my questions...while others have been VERY SECRETIVE...um...OK :) I find that funny, but to each his own :)
I still need some more info on several things, but once I get that, I will make a final decision about what I want to do with Lynn. For now the dogwalk is off the list of things we will be working on. I even thought of doing 2 on 2 off until she gets a few years of trialing under her belt, then retraining to a running. But it is up in the air on what I want to do. For now the plan is doing anything OTHER than the dogwalk!
Sometimes you just have to see that something isn't working for you, the dog, or both and do what works. If you see your dog struggling, just stop and regroup.
So that is what we are doing, just a bit of regrouping.
And now...for just fun, Even getting her FIX on a toy...she is the only Border Collie I own that does this. But apparently there are many dogs that do this...so cute!
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