I like to be organized. Not that I am, but I like to be. I like lists, and spread sheets and flash cards, and notes on things I’ve read.
Yet somehow no matter how organized I get I don’t seem to be making much progress on Maizey’s Training Levels work. Maybe I am afraid of success.
Part of the reason is just life. I won’t bore you with the details there but sometimes real life does get in the way.
Another reason is this whole reactivity thing. I think I have developed an completely irrational fear getting into a situation with Maizey that I can’t control so that has hampered my training away from home with her. Maybe she is fine and I’m the reactive one! Combine that with the generally overwhelmed state of life and you have one very unmotivated crazymomlady.
So diagnosis complete. Now to solutions.
Ricky’s training challenge actually really helped me. Another thing that made me want to get busy on our TL’s work was when one of the Training Levels list members posted she and her dog completed L7!! (Congrats Vinnie!) When she posted, “We did it” it gave me a glimpse of how good that would feel. Even if just on a smaller level of posting, “We did L2″.
So I got out my master list of all we are working on and my levels flash cards and binder with all behaviors for all levels. (Okay it has been out sitting there staring me in the face, but I actually opened it!) It is a formidable book once all printed out, but I am a hardcopy girl at heart and I like having easy access to it even if I can’t be online.
I put all the info I need for just what we are working on in a lighter binder so it is even easier access. And the conclusion after all this organizing?
L2 skills needed to complete:
distance, stand, stand-stay, target, trick
Out of those 5 skills (5! I have been wimping out over five measly skills? Rolling eyes at myself here) target and trick are ready to test today.
L3 skills will be covered in their own post soon. As will an update on the rest of our day to day skill on our progress report.
For today: test trick and target. Work on stands.
Aint motivation great?