Monday, January 24, 2011
Training News: Shoulder Chips and Humble Pie
Oh, and just in case you read my training post last week, Dewi loved the Slim Jim, but still became distracted by other dogs who were "too" close. I do have a glimmer of hope, however, that he'll do better at in-class heeling when we can practice through a course of cones (instead of in random clusters of owner/handlers about the room).
And now, the whining will cease.
Although I will not pretend that I don't get frustrated at this whole dog training thing, it means a great deal more to me to have a well-behaved and socialized dog who - for his own peace - knows that I'm in charge. Do I think Dewi is bored in class? Yes, sometimes. Do I think training class should be treated like a big doggy playdate? No. Do I think training should be fun? Yes, definitely. Can I get on board with instructor constructive criticism? Yes, but it's gonna be hard. I like the taste of the chip on my shoulder much better than humble pie.