Took an agility lesson yesterday, and I am happy to say, the teacher did not try to strangle me, nor try to put a gun to his own head :)
This person is all Greg Derrett and I am well...what am I?? I am some sort of weirdo mutt hybrid of Linda M and a dash of Derrett thrown in there to add some confusion :) So it took a bit of translation for him to really understand exactly WHAT my handling was :) Let's just call it the "Mueller Method"...MM for short ;)
I am looking for someone to pick up on inconsistencies in my handling...and this person, being a very analytical person that he is, is just the person for this. However, the poor man had to first figure out how exactly the MM worked :)
After a few sequences I think he was able to get the gist of MOST of the MM...sort of :) He kept asking "so in THIS instance...what would you do"... :) I'll admit, I like my method...or lack thereof...so I HATE going to lessons or seminars where the person teaching me tries to "bring me over to their side" by giving me all the foundation exercises from the method they have chosen...I am not about to retrain any of my dogs an entirely new method of handling...so just try to work with what I have...and Mr. Teacher did just that :) Thank you Mr. Teacher :)
Now, don't get me wrong, I am willing to try about anything that someone asks of me (we are talking agility here...get your mind of out of the gutter please)...I am not one of those people who makes excuses about not doing something. Just to clarify things :)
What it boils down to IS, I am pretty consistent, but I have a few places that need to be cleaned up. And I use verbals...lots of them. Sometimes because I am not overly paying attention to my body language (SHAME!!! THE HORROR) and sometimes because my fat ass can't get there. Working on that later one, but that is another blog post entirely. I need to get my dogs to watch my body language a bit more (and make sure it is correct) and rely less on verbals...got it. Will work on that.
I also need more work on rear crosses...which absolutely cracks me up as I used to be the QUEEN of them, and now, I am better at fronts...WTF?!?! Really!?!!? How things change. I remember once, back when I started, saying to an instructor "I can't POSSIBLY front cross Ace, he is SOOOO fast"...good lord. What was I thinking? So rear cross stuff it is.
I am naturally a driver personality, so working with a person that is analytical is sort of...well...good for me...it's all in the details right? And my brain doesn't work that way...most of the time.
I am looking forward to my next lesson...as long as he doesn't give up on the MM and call me a lost cause :)
On the good side, Lynn ran great for me :) This was a completely new place for her to work, first time actually indoors that wasn't a barn, and first time on mats. She didn't care :) Gator...another reason I wanted a lesson, was to get a good look at Gator jumping 26". He looked good and was jumping really well, TO ME anyway...Mr. Instructor agreed :) Now...to decide if I really want to take that plunge...not sure yet. Many reasons both ways, don't want to bore you with that though...
Even is doing 10 recalls a day now...she is so freaking happy :)
Snow is here, cold is here, we are now indoors for the next ETERNITY...and I am sad. I wanted my very own barn, and while I have a sample of THE perfect field turf ever...alas, no barn to speak of. Loretta is sad...she wanted a barn. So did the hubby and Zip, Klink, Gator, Even, Lynn and Crackers. Ace doesn't care, he sleeps all winter long. Is it spring time yet?
I suppose if the stars, and moon come together at the PERFECT TIME (that is code word for the f'ing banks getting their heads out of their behinds)...there is still a chance...a fat one...but still maybe...
On another note, we can still herd :) YIPPEE! Thursday Donna, Sarah and I are heading off to the lovely state of Nebraska (??) to go to the KK clinic. Lots to learn and hopefully get good stuff to bring back and work on. And it is supposed to be in the 60's while we are there! SSSAAAWWWEEEETTTTT!!!!