So...the last two blow up threads and information in those threads had me thinking--does Sabo have it in him?
I have done a lot of self reflection, and talked to some people around here that do Schutzhund...and have decided to take him for a temperament test with Mike Kempkes who is about 30 min away. Those that I've talked to do about 1-2 hours of practice a day, then 1 hour a week with the club and 1 hour a week with Mike...and this is about what I do just with training and playing with Sabo.
Some self-reflection showed that I am afraid of the sport. Why? What if my dog doesn't have it in him? What if I create this bag of nerves and ruin my dog? What if I make an aggressive dog?
Other side of it was: I have always wanted to do this. ALWAYS. When looking at shepherds on line, I've always gravitated toward the IPO videos and training videos.
I'm still split here. I love agility, I love watching the videos---its so much FUN and the dogs eyes are GLOWING...however, watching Schutzhund...those dogs are INTENSE and their eyes are glowing also! Not to mention their tails are going a mile a minute!
Anyway---can someone lend me advice? Their stories? Their feelings? Is this something you have always known you would do? If we don't have the temperament for it...well, we are still doing Agility just for kicks anyway! Am I really ready to go down this road with my dog?
Bottom line I want a HAPPY DOG! I want a CONFIDENT dog! I want a dog that can see something new and think "Hey! No big deal! Mom is here, I'm cool with all this!" and keep on walking.
My bottom line fear? I'm afraid of failing my dog. I am afraid of that with everything I do. I am afraid of being a giant failure in his eyes.
Chime in anyone?