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Apr. 27th, 2016 03:02 pm (UTC)
I thought this was interesting, too.
Apr. 27th, 2016 03:38 pm (UTC)
I liked that article. However, had I written it, I might have stressed a bit more the fact that although through conscious thought and mindfulness you CAN change your over-all emotional state, you HAVE to be careful that you don't fake it.

I feel like most dogs REALLY suss out the faking and almost immediately. They are very aware of fakers/cheaters and trying to hike or just mask your true emotion isn't going to work. As handlers who might want to offer our dogs the best emotion "for the dog" in agility (or any endeavor) we must first explore the emotion we want to present and see if we can honestly bring it.
Apr. 27th, 2016 08:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, the first challenge is figuring out the emotion your dog needs, then you can figure out how to offer that to your dog. Neither is really easy to do. If you can figure all that out, I think that's wonderful and important.
Apr. 30th, 2016 01:47 am (UTC)
Faking it. I wonder if some dogs don't care.
Apr. 30th, 2016 02:40 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm POSITIVE there are dogs that just don't care. We've all seen them. They have handlers that could be shot on the course and they'd still keep running, or go get a leash or just jump around going "come on! Come on!"

But that's not the type of dog she's writing about. Of if she is...what she's saying is those dogs (the uncaring ones) need handlers that match their level of commitment and focus on the sport.

I think what happens is if the human is all "wishy washy" about the game, the dog eventually will just shut down. There are dogs I've met that I could have sworn would have made really fun agility dogs, but the handler they got just took all the fun out of them. It's sad to see.
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