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04-03-2014 09:18 AM
blackshep Everyone starts somewhere and everyone who owns a 'real dog' has had their first that they needed to learn how to handle.

You sound like you're learning, there's nothing wrong with that. You recognize the problem and are trying to work your dog through it and it sounds like you have a FABULOUS trainer. Don't be so hard on yourself!

I used to ride Thoroughbreds and do hunter/jumper and when I transitioned to warmbloods and doing dressage, oh boy, it was a sharp learning curve!! I thought I could ride, boy was I wrong!

Keep at it, you'll get it figured out!
03-30-2014 07:32 PM
Gwenhwyfair I agree with the others.

It happens in the horse world. You get used to one lesson horse, think you've got it figured out and then you get the next mount and it feels almost like starting over.

From Tygo you will learn to be an even better handler then you were before. He came into your life to help you learn too.

Often we get the dogs we need, even when we don't know it.

I wasn't planning on getting Ilda and for me she was just right, a dog like Tygo would be WAY too much for me.

So it's all relative and the trainers of dogs (or horses) who have that sort of humility end up being the best trainers in the long run.

Originally Posted by DutchKarin View Post
Thanks for the encouragement. I feel better sucking at this. ;-)
I do know I will become a better handler and am hopeful.
If I can get this down, I really think he will be an awesome SAR dog. He loves the work, has a great nose and likes the game.
Okay, I'll report back when I get more into this... changing the way we play.
Thanks everyone.
03-30-2014 05:15 PM
NancyJ Whippersnapper!
03-30-2014 04:57 PM
Originally Posted by jocoyn View Post

I COMPLETELY understand you. I will be 59 this year. By the time I am too old I will be a great dog trainer!

I turn 50 in April!
03-30-2014 03:37 PM

I COMPLETELY understand you. I will be 59 this year. By the time I am too old I will be a great dog trainer!
03-30-2014 02:52 PM
DutchKarin I will admit to some handler anxiety for certain and I will consider and ask the trainer about pushing him too hard. The good thing about the training is that the first 3-4 hour class was just for the humans and the next part is revamping the play routine. I figure it is really me that needs the training and I can't pull the age thing for myself. In fact, I may be running out of time! ;-) I just want to make certain that I understand this dog as he does mature.

Anyway, thank you for all the comments, they keep me honest!
03-30-2014 11:26 AM
Originally Posted by jocoyn View Post
I was given the age and maturity lecture recently myself with a 2.5 year old!

I give myself this lecture in regards to my puppy, daily.

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03-30-2014 03:21 AM
NancyJ I was given the age and maturity lecture recently myself with a 2.5 year old!
03-30-2014 01:43 AM
wolfy dog Your dog is only 10 months, just out of puppyhood. Aren't you expecting too much from him at this young age?
I learned with WD to take it easy the first year. He learned everything so much faster and more solid when he was a little older. You have to assume to having many more years ahead of you and him.
It makes everything much more relaxed for you and the dog. Just my experience. I was a perfectionist when I was younger when it came to dogs. Now I am older and much more relaxed about this and other stuff too.
03-29-2014 09:11 PM
middleofnowhere Dogs were put on this earth to keep us humble.
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