Who said anything about competing or winning? This is a philosophical question about being a trainer of dogs or a dog trainer. Giving up and moving on.....to what? Does not matter what you train your dog to do--- pet tricks, home companion or world champion ______. It is still training-no? Success has different meanings to everyone. Some dogs, no matter how 'easy' to train are too much for some people. Some people can only go so far. Being able to recognize that a square peg will not fit in a round hole is part of dog training. Each dog is unique. Happiness is not having the best of everything, it is making the best of everything you have. And thats the difference, IMHO to this question of Alecs.
Archie has finally mastered down stay--go me!! There will be a party at the shed this weekend to celebrate, come on down. :D
An offhand comment I picked up on last weekend at BBKI. "Training is not linear." The parallel to train the dog, not the program. I have a great deal of respect for those who know how to "read" their dog and not so much for those whose answer might begin with "The way I train my dogs is . . .."
This past weekends training day with a group of people I have great respect for, was a triple, kinda wide open, but not to much,the flyer was a chicken(Flinch has never seen a chicken)...
Flinch has run very few triples...
In the past, I would have looked at that set up, got all worried,, and prolly done everything wrong at the line.
Well, Saturday, I found myself MUCH more relaxed. I could keep my wits about me as to how to posistion thedog on the line,, make sure I took time between the birds,,and worked at communicating with thedog.
Flinch sat perfectly steady through all the birds, waited for my hand to come down to be sent,, and basically clobbered the marks.. The chicken wasnt a big deal at all,, wasnt hit hard,, and was still flapping and squirming in her mouth,,she just brought it back..
A voice behind me comming from the head master,, said "You know,, that was really quite good!!!! Good for you Flinch!!!
For Us to get that compliment from that person,,meant more to me than any ribbon I could have ever recieved... That compliment came from the heart,,and they dont come easy from her.. You wont get one unless you deserve it...
The TRAINING is starting to pay off, for both the dog and a very nervous me..
It is just great fun!!
To me,,, personally,, if you find the right training group, that consists of a group of very experienced people, that take training days seriously,, when success comes,, and you hear about it,, it means so much more, at least to me,, than a ribbon at the end of a test, that comes from a couple of folks, that many times, you dont know squat about. You dont know their expertise,, the level or competence their dog runs at.Sure, you can go look it up on EE,, but look mine up!!!
You will see in the past, you will see some meager success,, but quite frankly, looking back,, I dont feel we deserved some of those passes. There were definatly lienient judges involved..
Idont think EE gives a end all answer as to a persons success.
There are a LOT of real nice dogs out there that have never run a ht.
They may compete in FT,and because of how hard it is to place, wont have placements there either,,, But,, there are MANY damnfine dogs that fit this discription,and their trainers are very knowlageble and dedicated to the dog..