I love love love training my two whippets, Ruby and Java. They make me laugh, they make me think, they help me live in the present moment and if a day comes when I’m too tired to train they let me know that they miss it. 🙂
My special pet peeve is getting my dogs very motivated to do my bidding. I will work my buttocks off to see my whippet smiling at me during work. If they don’t, I feel as though I have failed them. I don’t want obedience – I want them to WANT to work. Ruby was just about as independent and unbiddable (is that even a word?) as they come, so finding motivation in him was a lot of work and for a long time it felt like I had to tame him each and every day before I could work with him. Often I failed. But now he is a wonderful, passionate partner in Agility and Rally Obedience so I guess I did a few things right! Luckily Java was much easier to motivate as I really didn’t want to go through the whole ordeal again, regardless of how much I learned.
In my spare time I teach agility foundations, focus, motivation and recall with a special focus on training sighthounds. I blog about our training, agility, motivating dogs and whatever else is on my mind. To read about how I train and motivate my dogs head over to the Training page.
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