Monday, 23 February 2009
p.s struggling to get you tube to upload to blog, hence the delay, does anyone know how to get round this?
Thursday, 19 February 2009
Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull - what has that got to do with agility training? Its Indiana's insight at the end of the film. The aliens were not searching for gold, to them their treasure that they sought was knowledge. I was like 'bingo' that is so utterly true, without knowledge and the ability to use that knowledge where would we be with dog training? If Karen Pryor had not had the foresight and wisdom to find a method of reward marking behaviours, and publish it in a way so that it came available in the general public domain. On Monday night I free shaped the tyre with Zev, using a clicker as a marker. The speed in which he did this was brilliant, and you know I had a fantastic time, we both really enjoyed the session. Then there was a really powerful reminder on Susan Garrett's new 2 x 2 DVD, about building the 'want' to do. The value the dog places on the activity it is doing with you, it is so important. I know Zev, will have that value and 'want' channelled in the best way that I can. Thank you Susan, for this very salient reminder. Why is it salient to me? - because I want my dogs to 'relish' their time with me whether we are training, relaxing, having a 'riot' or chilling on the sofa. So be on a quest for knowledge, as it is the most useful treasure along with love to have.
Thursday, 12 February 2009
This is for Nuts, a dog that I am so proud to have partnered and share my life with, we have a fantastic time. I was so gutted when he had to retire from Agility at 7 and half years old and realised his indomitable enthusiasm for working with me also meant that obedience could not be an option either. What I am truly grateful for is the Vet who guided me to get Nuts back to be so fit and well, you would never know if you met him he has osteo arthritis in his elbows. And we can enjoy lifes journey today, knowing he is OK. The decision to retire him was easy in terms of benefit to his health, the decision in terms of agility meant I cried, due to knowing the sheer joy of running him was never going to be experienced again. In some ways daft I know, but to me running in agility is not just running the course, it is about stepping up along side a dog that has given so much in so many ways. Thanks Nuts, and Happy Birthday.