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Yep. I know I am guilty of enrolling in four seminar days when I know three is Stella's productive limit or trying a sequence again and again and again and again that includes 12 poles so I can get a move that is eluding me when I know fourth or fifth time through Stella is thinking you know I am not a border collie and I can only do 12 with joy and speed three times and then after that I get worried about stuff and or really tired of em and I start to not like poles so much when really the first three times they WERE FUN



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Mar. 25th, 2013 03:32 pm (UTC)
Did you know the instructor? My thought is that if you tell them AHEAD OF TIME that you'll only be doing 3-5 passes at something and MEAN IT, they respect that. Like the person who wrote the blog, they often DO understand the motivation levels of different teams. Warn them, then DO what you say you will. You can do it!
Mar. 25th, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
yes, very familiar instructors
and even when i say, well she's really only good for three days so i'm just signing up for three, i've gotten talked into the four... i don't know what it is, maybe well its the shoulds, Stella SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO FOUR or its some failing of mine that she's only good for three that I SHOULD deal with...
and Stella's in good enough shape, (not coming up with or recovering from some injury) that 12 poles SHOULDN'T be a problem for her however many times i need to get something right...

but this is a reminder to myself---to arbitrate? argue? (the right word isn't coming to mind) for the dog

Edited at 2013-03-25 04:24 pm (UTC)
Mar. 25th, 2013 04:27 pm (UTC)
Re: yes, very familiar instructors
At it's most basic... YOU know your dog the best. You deal with her day in and day out. So make it basic and just go from there.

As for three vs four days. If you DID limit her runs at a series to 3-4 a time, COULD she do four days? Worth a shot... Meaning, if she does about 1/2 of what they want to ask of her, spreading it over four... would that work?

Four days of trialing, seminars, whatever is a LOT for any dog! Even the most energetic would probably be losing steam by that time. Even the Sharp One gets tired on the third day of a trial. So yeah, YOU know what she is capable of...

Advocate for your dog...
that sounds pretty positive yes?
Mar. 25th, 2013 04:38 pm (UTC)
Re: yes, very familiar instructors
ADVOCATE ADVOCATE ADVOCATE!!! thats the word!!! and no i don't think even with limiting her runs per exercise she'd love the fourth day... like you said a post back or so, its the mental exhaustion that gets to her... and its not just the agility involved in the exhaustion its the crating next to barking dogs or just not really being able to go off duty and be HOME
Mar. 25th, 2013 05:54 pm (UTC)
Re: yes, very familiar instructors
So the rub here then is mental management, for the DOG! haahah. Wonder if Lanny has a book for that? How then do you get her to TAKE the down time and use it appropriately?

suggestions would include, crating her somewhere she feels at home, under a easy up? Surrounded by things that smell and look like home? I'm guessing you're not crating in the car because it's not your car? or ? too cold?
I love crating in the car when I can. I KNOW my dog is resting in the car. He's so used to it, and it certainly helps his mental game.

Also, depending on what you're getting out of the seminar, is it worth it to (after her run through) take a long stroll with her around the grounds with nothing but a few treats for attention? Just a walk, with talking and asking her how it's going?

Some seminars offer a ton of information while OTHERS are running, and I know you don't want to miss that. But some I've gone to, it was totally ok to take my dog out for a cool down and potty walks.

Also, massage. T-touch, something that makes her go limp and mellow. Any mental break can help her to re-coup and be ready for the next run through.

Just a few idea, do people have more???
Mar. 31st, 2013 03:49 pm (UTC)
Re: yes, very familiar instructors
I like the massage idea....if there is a quiet place to do it.
Mar. 31st, 2013 05:48 pm (UTC)
Re: yes, very familiar instructors
i like the crate in the car idea... i used to only do that when i could park around the ring... but maybe in some situations Stel would just be happier in the car, provided i don't park next to haters, if you know what i mean...
Mar. 26th, 2013 11:05 am (UTC)
Pans limit has always been 3times ... More is dumb. My heart has always wanted more and sometimes I would relent but I was never proud. Pan demands I buy her McDonald's sundays if I run her too much and a cheeseburger if that is her fancy.
Mar. 26th, 2013 04:52 pm (UTC)
Why is it dogs are so fond of junk food? You never hear someone say their dogs demand a grade A steak! Tho, I'm sure they'd consider it, if they thought we might buy them one. ;)
Mar. 26th, 2013 05:11 pm (UTC)
muffins are at the top of stella's list. though italian spice meatballs... well them too. and bagels.
Mar. 31st, 2013 03:48 pm (UTC)
I don't know how I missed this post. I like what agility nerd said. I know I need to be aware of Matilda's mental burn out, too. New place stress.
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