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Old 04-17-2012, 04:54 PM
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Being an agility-addict I have several handlers that I aspire to be like some day. I read/watch everything of their's that I can get my hands on, I attend every seminar within driving distance. My current idol is Silvia Trkman, I love her positive attitude to everything, I love how she adapts her training for each of her dogs, and I love how helpful she is even when you haven't paid for advice.

So, sport/working people, who is your idol in your respective sport?
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:00 PM
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Not a sport, but I wish I had half the talent that Jay Sisler had when it came to training in general.
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:03 PM
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Just last week I was at a seminar with her. Awesome!
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:06 PM
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stacy peardot goudy

Just last week I was at a seminar with her. Awesome!
Love.love.love her! Been to several seminars and plan on going to a few more this summer.
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Emily Larlham (Kikopup) She is just awesome. her dogs are awesome too and her training philosophies are so refreshing

Not to mention, oh god the patience to be positive only all the time. I WISH. I am really going to 100% try but I don't even know if I'm capable of never saying "no!" lol
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Love.love.love her! Been to several seminars and plan on going to a few more this summer.
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I don't have any at this point. I wander around enjoying information...
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Honestly, training wise and handling wise, I'm not sure I really have one. There are so many people I admire, but I've yet to meet someone I look at and say "That is It".

However, there is a woman who attends a bunch of the same trials I go to. I won't say her name, since she isn't a "public figure", but she is without a doubt the most pleasant, positive, friendly person I've ever spent time around. She never gets upset with her dogs, she never appears frustrated, she always has a kind word for everyone. I watch it and think "this has got to be fake" but I believe it is fully genuine. I try to remind myself how much I admire that every time I want to be nasty or upset.
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Emily Larlham (Kikopup) She is just awesome. her dogs are awesome too and her training philosophies are so refreshing

Not to mention, oh god the patience to be positive only all the time. I WISH. I am really going to 100% try but I don't even know if I'm capable of never saying "no!" lol
I really like her and her philosophy too. I am trying to be 100% positive and the more I work on it the better I get at it. Lately I rarely ever say anything negative to him and I am at the point where it definitely never happens in training. I can say that I have began to notice a definite difference in his attitude towards working with me in that he seems to enjoy it more, and I do believe he tries harder and provides a wider range of behaviours because he isn't worried I will react badly. At our trial this weekend, the judge who is apparently known as being 'harder' came up to me at the end of our run and said that it was obvious to her that my dog and I have a very close bond and work really well together. Having seen the differences now with Spy, I look forward to being able to start my next puppy off with these methods
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However, there is a woman who attends a bunch of the same trials I go to. I won't say her name, since she isn't a "public figure", but she is without a doubt the most pleasant, positive, friendly person I've ever spent time around. She never gets upset with her dogs, she never appears frustrated, she always has a kind word for everyone. I watch it and think "this has got to be fake" but I believe it is fully genuine. I try to remind myself how much I admire that every time I want to be nasty or upset.
I wonder if this is the same person who I "idolize". (Initials are D.C.?)
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