This was an up and down week. Started down, then moved up quickly. I have not worked my dogs over big distance in a while, and it showed. Star rallied nicely though, and wound up impressing me...again.
This week's lessons:
- No, you're not in trouble
- You can't push a rope
- Look at that dog go
He's such a funny dog and sometimes I get awfully tired of cheerleading as I had to today. But then he does something brilliant, like stop on a dime, make a spectacular shed, or take a well-timed, appropriate grip, and I remember that he's not even 2 and growing into himself each time I work him. When things go all hooki-lau at distance, I can either stand flat-footed and scream at my dog, as if that will do any good, or I can bring it all back close, and refresh. Screaming would fail miserably with Star, but I prefer an alternate route with all dogs. Besides, who wants to spend their days standing and screaming?