I am the worst blogger ever.
I just can’t seem to put together a coherent thought by the end of the day anymore and it seems like every day starts with a bang and has no time for coherent thought then either.
It’s good busy though. I’m loving work. Sometimes it’s a little crazy there too, but overall I really enjoy it. I’m doing short private lessons now and that’s my favorite part of the job. I like getting to work one on one with people and see them really learn about their dogs. I think after time and many dogs sometimes we loose the wonder of training the basics, but I love how thrilled people are to teach their dogs things we take for granted.
I love seeing their eyes light up when we’re teaching leave it for the first time. When their dogs turn away from a treat in your hand and they look at me like it was magic that their dog CHOSE not to get that treat just thrills me every time.
It’s great to have the tools to help people. I love it every time a dog drags their person into the store and 15 minutes later walks out on a nice loose leash after we fit them for front clip harness. The solutions people need are so simple, but sometimes they just don’t know how to find them. So being able to share even simple things that are management tools and allow that dog mom or dad to have time to train is a great feeling.
On the doggy-home front things are going good too. We’ve done lots of work at the park and check in on this not Monday Miles with 223 miles. How are you all doing? Getting any walks in?
One bit of news is we started RP at the park. I’ve had to change how we were doing RP and stopped filming it. The camera setup was becoming too much of a cue to her and I wanted to start replicating more real life use before we switched to outside. I found the park is actually less distraction than my yard since we live in a crazy dog neighborhood and the park we work in a virtually deserted. I also started doing RP in the house with her harness and leash on. I find she gets super charged the minute we put them on and want to be able to see her much more relaxed before we ever even start out the door. I don’t know if any of that is very classic RP, but it’s working for us.
I’m still reading everyone’s blogs and keeping up with the news. So that’s where we’re at. Please let me know if you’re still with us in the Walking Challenge. I hope everyone hasn’t given up. We’re still plugging along and hope you all are too!