These are the times I LOATH having a rough coated dog...Klink is a TOTAL PITA right now. Even to go potty I have to spend time drying her off...bleck.
Even is doing well, her injury was just a pull, so she is on leash walks and we will slowly build her back up. She should be doing some work by next week :) I am happy it was just a pull!! Keeping her calm is interesting...
I am getting emails about Lynn's running A-frame. Well, not sure what to tell you other than I ran her over it and rewarded the striding I wanted. Really. No there is no magic pill...just saw what she did and went with it :) Yep...that sums it up.
I wasn't crazy about doing the box method anyway, I know it has helped lots of dogs perform running A-frames, but I detest fading things...so I thought I would try it.
I thought MAYBE because of all the running dogwalk stuff we did, that helped her. But, Even is running the A-frame the same way...and she hasn't had much of that at all. So not really sure.
Is she a natural, quite possibly :) Do I know what I am doing with the running A-frame, nope...not a clue. But I am learning :) I am not one of those people who trains one dog with a method and then suddenly becomes a master at the method...
I am just a person trying to see what works for her dogs...nothing more, nothing less.
Lynn is now doing some jumps :) She can hold it together to do some nice little sequences and her jumping is TO DIE FOR. She is a lovely jumper and she wraps bars very tightly. It is awesome to watch her! Her brain explodes after too many jumps, so we are working jumping, then do a few running A-frames and then doing some obedience work to help settle her :) She is learning how to control all the drive, so things are going very well :) We will probably start working some weaves in a few weeks...maybe then we will be outside? Yeah I know, wishful thinking...
And onto another topic...MYOB...there was a discussion on Facebook (yes I know, I am still there, but in little doses...it is best that way) about MYOB, which is Mind Your Own Business...aka as the person put it--"Stay focused on your own performance and don't allow other people's trash-talking bullsh*t to disrupt your focus. Give your attention & energy & focus to the people who are worthwhile - family, friends, students, supporters, etc - and ignore the antics of those who only bring negative energy or a trying to draw your focus into their small world."
Very brilliantly put I think...and something I really need to work on.
There seems to be a lot of drama in dog agility. Since I have ran dogs in herding, my opinion is there is definelty more drama in agility than herding. It is as if agility trials are a feeding ground for drama :( Which is just sad. A good friend of mine, after a lovely gamblers run with her dog, in which she messed up the gamble (not the dog mind you!!) was approached by a person. That person's comment to my friend??? "Boy did he f*ck THAT up!"...referring to her dog.
WOW...what exactly WAS this person's purpose when thinking what to say to a fellow competitor? Obviously from that comment, to be hurtful. But the question is why? Why the need to do such a thing? That very same run I was actually telling her it was an AWESOME run, he looked great, he listened well and ran perfectly. WHICH HE DID.
Was this the first time I have heard things like this happening? Hardly! These things have happened to me more times than I would like to remember...but WHY.
Why do people feel a need to put people down? To talk about their runs, their dogs, whatever. Why the rude comments?
My response to someone that does that to me is normally to just ignore them. People that are rude and obnoxious I will just try to avoid, however, those people tend to be the ones that SEEK YOU OUT. They need to be heard. Let them find another person to put those feelings on. Because it isn't about you, it is about their needs. And if you don't fulfill them...they WILL move onto their next person, or victim as I like to call it. Which is just fine and dandy if you ask me!
I am very happy to see the students of mine at trials are VERY supportive of each other :) They all crate together if they can and cheer each other on. I am very proud of them for that and I know that will continue.
I really wish there would be less drama, but I doubt it will change. Only how I deal with it will. I am getting better at distancing myself from it. But I still get some of the occasional exposures. I need to work more on my focus and learn how to block it out better.
Now back to the postive side of life! :-))
Lynn is really cute...have you noticed?? :)
This is for a friend who says I NEVER photograph or video Lynn's "white side"...so there :)
And now...for my favorite quote EVER. I think it is my new mantra!
"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort." Herm Albright
My kind of quote :)