What's also fun, really fun, for me - is to talk about training methods to get the dog to do what he does.
Today, we had a City Police officer and a County Deputy Sherrif both. One handled the dog, the other spoke, and we had a couple assistants do their thing.
The speaker spent a good bit of time discussing HOW they train the dog to do what they do. What was so darn cool to me, was how they break it all down into such basic, simple elements that are so elementary they are brilliant! Then they take those elements and chain them together. It is just like the way we train a dog to handle or other things in our game!
It is really amazing.
The more I'm around this stuff, the more I realize that a good dog person is a good dog person.
I remember a time when I was phase 2 when I did not respect things like agility. Now I am fascinated by how anyone trains a dog to do anything. For example: Weave pole. That zigzag pattern among a row of white PVC pipes.... It is amazing how they teach dogs to do that.
How to teach a dog to follow a scent trail to catch a bad guy. So elementary, it is brilliant!
Another cool thing. There is frequently method A, B, or C. One thing I'm learning is to not BASH B or C if you do A. Why? Because one day, you may have a dog who requires one of the other methods. Why else? Because usually, no matter how big, how bad, how awesome you are, there is someone else who is bigger and badder. And sometimes they got there using method B or C.
You really gotta be careful about how high a pedestal you put your method, your accomplishments, your dog on. There's usually someone who's done more, somewhere. And they may have used a different method than you did!
It's all good.