Join Date: Dec 2012
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Well, the month of July is soon over. I feel like we've made some progress on blinds, which was my focus for my "big" dog. We ran lots of blinds and blind drills, so I'm hoping that it has really, actually paid off and that I'm not just imagining the improvement.
Youngsters are fun to train, however I enjoy all facets of training, including the all-age level competitors. With the older dog (i.e., any dog through transition), the progress may come along in tiny increments ... and those tiny increments may be weeks or even months apart. Oftentimes, when you realize there's an issue, you hope to figure out what caused it, which can help to figure out how to alleviate the problems it causes. Sometimes, however, you just have no idea what caused the issue, maybe it was something innate, yet you can still work through it by trying a bunch of different things ... which is the case with my current dog. I've talked with several pros about the particular issue (one thing about the FT pros, every one of them will readily give their thoughts about an issue and freely tell you what they think you should try). I try to mentally catalog all their ideas and, if I have already tried it or don't think it will work with this particular dog, at least I have additional ideas upon which I may need to draw from in the future, whether with this dog or another one. One thing, when talking with successful trainers, I listen carefully, consider what they say, and if I don't understand how or why it works, I'll ask. Indeed, sometimes free advice is worth less than what you pay for it, yet at other times, it's priceless. Enough blah blah blah for now ....