They are all fun. They all lead to excellent results, sometimes with dogs that otherwise wouldn't be able to cope at all in the real world. BUT
and it's a BIG BUT
they are time consuming, detail driven, and need tweaking for each participant.
If I was teaching you how to use a shock collar I could simply say hit the buzzer but learning when and in what way to use play as a reward (personal, food and toy) or simply release expectations is a juggling act. The motley collection of critters I get to
Take your time. Expect it to take time. Celebrate the time it takes. Patience is truly a virtue in education - of all species!
I am glad I get to play with so many species (including humans) as it keeps my teaching skills sharp.
(this blog was titled before I found the music for the video - prescient or what?)
We're taking a break from agility since Ziva hurt her knee, but watching your video makes me miss it!! We're actually considering training her to do flyball instead since its a bit easier on the body. :-)
We're already working on flyball with my boy, but the little amount we've taught Ziva this weekend she's picked up really fast! And yes patience is definitely key!
What a great video!
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