I’ve got a confession. I haven’t worked with my dogs at all this week. Nothing. Not even sit.
I haven’t been in the right mood for training. And if you’re not in the right mood, no training is better than forcing it. If you’re going to work with your dog, you’ve got to be ready to concentrate on your dog, ready to be flexible with your goals, and ready to have fun.
So there. I said it. The dog trainer has not worked with her dogs. And we’re better for it. Because the results aren’t pretty if you train ugly.
Caroline Moore says
Thank you for saying this! I think this message is as important as, if not more important than, any training advice we can give out.
Such helpful words. I hate to train ugly. Rex is leash-reactive with other dogs. I never, ever leave the house without a pocket-full of treats, anticipating yet another positive training moment. And yet yesterday, a lovely fall day alive with color and embraced in gray mist (it’s the northwest, remember?) I just couldn’t bear to “train”. So off we went: treatless, clicker-less, into the void. Any nary a dog did we see. We sniffed, we wandered, we explored, we shoofed leaves in the woods. And NO. We did not train. Not at all.
It was heaven.
Just for the day. It felt wonderful, because training would have been ugly. Sometimes you just have to BE.