Making mistakes…. make it easier….. make it achievable

Having reached UK  championship level in our sport of working trials. I realised that Sassy did not understand one of the exercises as well I as thought.  So I had to review  her  understanding.. On examination, in my determination to succeed  I had unintentionally made the exercise much more complicated than it needed to be. Added to this the pressure I put on the dog by my disapproving body language. She gradually began to anticipate her failure and became very confused and unmotivated. I now understand how she feels as I used to suffer a similar feeling in leaving certificate maths class.

Sassy tri-color collie

On serious reflection I understand the gaps in my training.  Aided by the generous  help and support of  more seasoned competitors . I am working to right the wrong by going back to the basics and retraining the exercise from the start. By making our training fun I am working on restoring her confidence so that she believes in herself and enjoys her training.

As dog owners it is our responsibility to be aware of our own mistakes and make good so that our dogs know that we are patient trustworthy and fun to be with. As another great trainer said to me. ‘When the dog does not understand you must show them show them and show them’

Dogs are very forgiving of our mistakes but we must own up to them first.

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Samantha Rawson’s approach to dog training is highly motivational for both partners in the relationship! Samantha uses her understanding and knowledge of canine behaviour to treat each dog according to it’s individual needs Samantha is committed to using positive and humane methods in dog training. She believes that you get back what you put in.Read More

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