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Old 03-28-2014, 07:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well.. it looks like I have decided to pause training for Titan and I. Since his incident.. Was this Aggression, and/or is it fixable? (moved from Gen Info) I have found a lot of joy in just doing one on one training in my yard or the field by my house. I also, have lost some confidence in him since that day. Mostly I don't have an issue, but there's a small nervousness with him off lead, regardless of what the trainer said. I need to get through that first. I also think I got burnt out.. it's an hour and a half drive and took up almost my whole day. Which was fine for some time.. but after I while it started to seem more like a chore.. the getting out there part. Being there at training was so much fun and I loved every minute of it.. but then the dreaded drive back. I started to find myself not looking forward to training days.. and I hated that feeling.

I still go every few weeks to help the team and continue to learn myself, because I really do want to continue training one day and get certified. I just don't know if right now is that time.

Not sure what I'm wanting out of you guys.. but felt like sharing with the SAR community here. Thanks for reading
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Old 03-28-2014, 09:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thanks for the update. When the time time is right to dive back in you will know

I was out for a few years myself (from 2000-2003) I had just washed a dog, the team was falling apart anyway (and it no longer exists), the drive was too far (3 hours each way) and life was too complicated. Someone called me about SAR in 2003 and I just kind of got geared back up.....
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Old 03-29-2014, 11:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey Whitney.

I respect you for doing what you think is best and focusing on Titan's needs. I totally get the driving burn out too. As I sink into this SAR training, it will be expected to do a lot of driving. Ugh. Books on CD help.

I wish you well and I hope you can build that confidence in Titan... and he in you.

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Old 03-29-2014, 02:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I can understand wanting to take a break. You need to do what is best for you which is not always the easiest thing to do.

I had a forced break from training last year due to an injury which is a bit different then your scenario, but it was a good time out for me. Made me realize that there is more to life then SAR

Take your break, and when the times is right and you feel ready, go back.
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Old 03-29-2014, 05:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I think part of my hesitation on stopping is just how much time and training I really have put into Titan for that.. driving him specifically toward that one goal.. and some part of me is mad at myself for not listening to my gut earlier when the team told me it was a lifestyle. I wanted it so bad and I'm a go getter, so I said "I can do this, plus school, plus the military!"

I am starting to be ok with it now, admitting I can't do everything. Though last night we played scent games and watching him find his toy that I hid was so fun and it made me wonder if I made the right choice.. *sigh* time will tell.
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