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Old 04-13-2012, 09:55 PM
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Brought about by yesterday's class. Mia and I looked like a pair of bumbling fools with no idea what we were doing. My handling was awful, bad timing, tripping over myself. Mia was in full blown- oohshiny!!! mode. We made a great pair....

The class culminated in an 'obstacle course'. Circle a cone both directions with the dog focusing on you. Then take the dog through a tunnel. Get the dog to tug. Another circle around a cone. Have the dog hit three targets. Done. Simple, yes?

It was like watching a disaster, I am sure.

Mia saw the tunnel and had tunnel suck going on bad. Then she was sure she was supposed to target the cones and slap them with her paw. I tripped and almost fell over her because she was so distracted.

Taking today as a break and have two weeks till the next series of classes starts up. We have a lot to work on.

Please tell me I'm not the only one though.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:06 PM
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Oh yeah.

Though I think it might be worse when a company is paying me to train their dogs, and I appear to never have used a clicker in my whole life. Good times.

I have a lot of these days with Keegan, too. He tends to bring out the "sucky trainer" in me. I just tell myself that it'll be better next time, this is a learning experience for the both of us and it certainly won't get any worse. Then we go play frisbee or something and forget about the bad day.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:09 PM
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:10 PM
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I felt like my trainer was watching me and thinking 'poor girl is so clueless' lol

I also realize I have this bad habit of apologizing to the trainer if we do poorly. I need to stop that.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:15 PM
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You are definitely not the only one...

Sometimes my brain falls out and sometimes the dogs loose their minds. Even worse there are days when both those things coincide...

I have had moments where we all just take a deep breath and have to call it a day...because they and I are feeling frustrated

Menchi has moments when she decides that enough training has happened and puts her dainty paws down...no animal does stubborn quite like a shar pei let me tell you.

When Watson decides he is done focusing and other things need to be happening it is like trying to catch the attention of a hummingbird on cocaine
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:16 PM
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OMG yes! I was thiiiis close to entering Aeri in a trial for her BH title and then we had 3 sessions in a row like that, so nope, we need more work before I try it in public! lol
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:18 PM
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Oh goodness yes. I've had days where she's just. not. there, and days where I can't figure out how to communicate with her. Like, we'll both be up and ready to go, and she just gives me this blank "I'd love to, but I don't know what you're asking for," face and it's a disaster.

We've even had days where I've handed the leash to my boyfriend and said, "She's yours, I'm done," which is obviously not true.

90% of the time, she's a joy.

10% of the time... she's not, lol.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:23 PM
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I should post the vids from our last trial. Had to scratch Kim so was just running Mira -- totally misplaced a cross (normally a strong point in my handling) and sent Mira toward...nothing. NOTHING. Empty space. A fine moment, truly lol.

Fortunately she went "uhhh I'm sure you meant this" and did a funky blind cross to take the chute but jeez. I just had to laugh.

And then there's Kim who likes to torture me at odd moments. Early on in our career we did a FAST course to "warm up" for a weekend of trialing. Basically (for the most part) you just make up your own course for points. Kim made up her own course all right. She smelled the fresh dew, dug her toes into the cool morning earth, and took off like a shot.

She earned 32 points while I stood in place by the start line yelling "KIM! KIM! COME HERE! HEY! KIIIIIM!" and waved my arms as though the only problem was that she didn't know where I was. Right. That was not the problem lol.

That was a tiny local trial where I used to live so I'm pretty sure I knew every single person there. Good times lol.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:37 PM
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I should have known- from the moment I set Mia up next to me (thinking that the cones would be a cakewalk since we do those in rally all the time) and then unleashed her and she took off without any cue straight into the tunnel that it would be a bad run. lol
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I felt like my trainer was watching me and thinking 'poor girl is so clueless' lol

I also realize I have this bad habit of apologizing to the trainer if we do poorly. I need to stop that.
I totally do this.

I had a horrible day last week with Sloan, seriously breaks are good!
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