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the trickle down is coming

Stella was too busy barking at the ice fisherman this morning to poop.
And then she was too excited to poop when we got to class.
She sniffed, she thought about it, but she just wanted to get inside and get going.
Somehow she made it through the class without you know.

Today's general observation: Some days you can do a brilliant lap turn every time
and some days you can not even get one done.

Really good class today inspite of that one crappy lame lap turn.
A 23 obstacle course packed with loads of fun international stuff. Love that she throws this stuff at us.
Yep. "The trickle-down is coming!" she said.

Note to self: If me and Stel layer obstacles, it must involve serious like Maserati velocity
and honestly if it happens it is more likely a total fluke.
But, perhaps its something we can KEEP TRYING.

Yesterday's victory in class: Stella drove hard into the tunnel - wheeeeee!
It was the wrong end but she drove in - paaaarty.

Two little courses that were designed to make you think about where you wanted the dog to land for the next obstacle.

Note: You can not move lateral if you are already lateral.

Question: Is it considered ok---when the class is going over the various handling puzzles of the course with the teacher before everyone runs and you ask, what is the best way to get a tight turn here? and the teacher says it depends on the dog.
And thats the whole answer.
No offer of elaboration.
I mean ok, duh. But, to get SOMEthing more you then have to (take a breath) ask the same question two other ways.
I'm thinking the teacher is pissed at me for some reason. Not sure why.


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Mar. 7th, 2014 01:55 am (UTC)
I wouldn't take it personally, teachers have things going on too :)

It depends on the dog answer is appropriate when an auditor is asking a question, not your specific student who is obviously asking about their own specific dog. But maybe, see above.

But yes, shit answer.

Mar. 7th, 2014 02:47 am (UTC)
see which above?
Mar. 7th, 2014 03:22 am (UTC)
I wouldn't take it personally, teachers have things going on too :)
Mar. 7th, 2014 03:24 am (UTC)
i was just editing the comment when you answered and then LJ wouldn't let me edit... yeah -you mean teachers are people too? yeah, maybe. i'm trying to remember if she was that way with everyone and don't think so.

did you happen to see this? wasn't this roughly your old neighborhood? http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/06/us/bulwark-in-revolutionary-war-town-in-vermont-faces-heroin-scourge.html?hpw&rref=us&_r=0
Mar. 7th, 2014 04:24 am (UTC)
Or many she didn't know how to help you, that happens too.

I used to live outside of Bennington for two years, yes. But I don't call it my hometown. Grew up in Avon CT really. And Glen Cove NY for part of HS.
Mar. 7th, 2014 12:48 pm (UTC)
Yes auditor appropriate but yeah what other dog would I be asking about besides Stella. That's what I thought and Hmmm and she's known us since we started agility or thereabouts. It felt like a chip on the shoulder. Yes we are the last class in her day of teaching at two different facilities (and then she takes a class there with someone else with her pup) and maybe she was tired... What I had to do to get any wisdom out of her was to offer two different ways to handle it, neither of which I felt would turn her effectively at this spot. And then the wisdom was yeah you could do that.

Ok it was just this one moment because then when I did run the sequences she did help me figure out handling different trouble spots and she did literally push me in the right direction one place and was in my face not in a bad way over my not being where I needed when I had to get lateral. And she was actively yelling and teAching when I ran. </p>

So yeah just one weird moment. But it's not the first time there has been this kind of moment with her recently. And I guess I should just try not to take them personally. Those moments. Even though they felt personal.

Mar. 7th, 2014 04:44 am (UTC)
OMD defensiveness
Mar. 7th, 2014 05:32 am (UTC)
Haha, OMG OMD OD! I'm sure it was just a one time thing and that is such a canned answer. The fact that the answer didn't offer any kind of follow up is not good, but again, could just be her teacher was tired.

Stella's awesome progress and Dinah's improved handling shows they both are excelling - I'm sure it's a combination of Djnah's excellent observation skills and practice application as well as her instructors guidance and her online classes!
Mar. 7th, 2014 05:33 am (UTC)
Dinah* and practical*

And my grammar is atrocious.
Mar. 7th, 2014 08:05 am (UTC)
Oh yes, Dinah and Stella are doing great!! I agree Dinah's doing a wonderful job learning from all her teachers.

Mar. 7th, 2014 01:00 pm (UTC)
There is some OMD backlash. This teacher was the first to ever suggest I try a jaako in her class and she was excited about how well the handling move worked. Over a year ago. But since the promotion explosion she has yelled at me for trying to do something fancy when only basic was called for. And kind of sworn off the fancy for herself saying we're never going to see this stuff like that here... Though the other teacher says yes, it's coming...

I am most proud of Stella learning to try and try again with me without getting demotivated. To have more heart while I screw up. We are learning together how to be more resilient.
Mar. 7th, 2014 04:49 pm (UTC)
That's great, getting Stella to try and try again without losing motivation! I'm getting better at this with Joey and even Matilda. With Joey I find he needs a reward. I was sending him to the poles and he pulled out twice at pole 10. I needed to ask him to do something easy and reward him. Then he went back and did 12. With Matilda in class this week I did much better getting her going again after a disconnect where I could see it was clearly my handling error. Another time it was simply one of her go behind me things. I just got her over the jump where she went behind me and we were able to keep going.
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