There is so much to know, in the world of dog training, so many ways and techniques to try and understand. So many people have had so much success and I want to learn them all – or at least try them and then decide if they are for me or not.
I’m struggling a bit in the class I’m taking. What they teach is SO not what I teach. Its not Bad or Wrong, just like what I do isn’t bad or wrong, just different.
I teach and train Family Manners. ‘This is how I want my dog to act in my house with my family.’ So I teach things like don’t jump on the kids. Or me. Sit when you are told to sit, and then wait till I tell you you can get up. Don’t pee on the carpet. Don’t beg at the table. Come when you are called. Don’t yank my arm off while we’re taking a walk. Quit acting like a puppy fool in the tv room while I’m trying to watch a show. Leave it alone, I didn’t drop it for you to have it. Wait at the door till you are invited out. Shhhhh…..I can’t hear myself think when you bark like that! Pay attention to me – or conversely – leave me alone for a minute!
In class we are learning leash techniques, that are rather baffling to me. The reason I don’t chew gum is that sometimes I forget and try to walk, too. Not one of my skills. And we are almost dancing. Steps, techniques. Hair pull!!!
These are very good things for me to know, and they sure don’t hurt the dog. I have to keep reminding myself – I’m very good at what I do. What we are doing in class is NOT what I do. But its fun and interesting.
And like I tell everyone when I’m working with them – I’m going to have this dog fifteen plus years. If we have to repeat a class, (a couple times!!!), because I have no rhythm and two very left feet, its okay. We’ll still get it.
And he’ll get it before I do, I’m pretty sure!