Never been so happy to have been refused!

Never been so happy to have been refused!

I sent in my videos for DogParkour level B last week, and yesterday I got refused. And I’m really happy about it! Sounds strange? Let me explain:

I am an average dog trainer. Certainly not bad, but not nearly as good as the best. Part of this is because I tend to get sloppy – I keep food in my hand instead of in my pocket, my cues are unclear for both me and my dog, I have no plan and just play by ear (NOT a good strategy if I want results!). Not as much when I train for competition, but when we just “play-train” for fun.

And that is a bit how I have done my films for the title (so far): I know what the film is supposed to show, but I haven’t done my best to really show what we can do – I have just made the film. And that is exactly the feedback I got (not in those words, a bit nicer!). I am not training at my best, and it does not look as fluent and precise as it should do. As I know we CAN do!

I. Am. So. Pleased. Instead of thinking “oh no, I missed it!”, I find myself thinking “Thank god I get to redo it, and do it right this time!”

Instead of thinking “oh no, I missed it!”, I find myself thinking “Thank god I get to redo it, and do it right this time!” This means more training, more planning, and really having to step up my game to the next level and THINK about how I train. And that leads to becoming a better trainer!

I have already done my spread for the champion and superior levels, and there are LOTS of things we need to train. SUCH FUN! I did a Dutch door design, that makes it really easy to get a good overview. And I added a checkbox for “approved” (maybe I should have to for “film” in case I need to remake…Oh well, I’ll manage!)

But first, I need to remake a few films for level B and level C and send in work I am proud of instead of just making the films as fast as possible.

I really like her attitude and willingness in this film, that shows sex different behaviours to do with one obstacle. No food in my hands, clear cues, and I had a plan BEFORE I started 🙂

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