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Just taking some to think about this dog training addiction I have fallen into.
I started SchH 3.5 years ago with Nandi. This last summer after a lot of hard work, we earned our schH1 at a club trial. We aren't National caliber, or anything special. I don't know if he can earn a 2 or 3. But I need to remember why I am doing this sport.

I am doing it for my dog and the joy we get out there together. Period.He's hasn't reached his potential and neither have I.

Its easy to get caught up with the competition and methods to achieve a goal and have a goal, but isn't the journey what its all about? I can lose perspective.

So reader, what keeps you in the game? What is your motivation for dog sports?

I am 100% dedicated to him, just as I was to my previous GSD Sita. Part of this thinking is because I am getting a new puppy. Yes with the hopes of training in protection sports and I know that Nandi will not get as much of my time. But I hope it will be quality time and we can continue our training journey.

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Well, I have just stepped into the "world of dog sports" this past April when my puppy was born.

I knew that I wanted to spend some good quality time with him over his life, doing the things that he would enjoy.

Right now we are dabbling in a few different areas (Tracking, OB, Schutzhund and Agility) and I think we have found a couple that we both enjoy.

My motivation is my dog. When we are participating in something and I can see him truly enjoying it, that is what keeps me doing it.

He LOVES tracking so that is something that we will be keeping up with, he loves to please and be RIGHT NEXT TO ME so we are also working on OB as this will only enhance our bond further, and we have yet to try Schutzhund (will be next week) but if he enjoys that too we will be following up with that.

I just want him to have a full, healthy, happy, love-filled life with me.

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When both dogs were younger I did a lot of obedience trials. Unlike many folks, I was doing it for fun, for the fun the dogs and I got out of it. We blew many trials - different variations of different screw ups. It seems each time we placed our score was lower but our placing was higher. I just do better with a sense of humor. I watched people be really nasty to their dogs because they weren't doing well enough - it was like their ego got all caught up in the score.
After BTE got her CD, a judge nicely allowed us in a fun match. Watching my dog (who had barked from her crate - a first for her - throughout BTY's turn), she remarked "She adores you!" That is what I work for. That attitude on the part of the dog & I.
I work for things like putting my dog in a down stay at the curb, walking up to a porch to leave a key I found, having a cat run across the porch and having the dog remain in the stay. It's better when people are watching of course. Another triumph was having BTE in an off lead stand stay with a bunny messing in the bushes. She knew the bunny was there before I did but she held her stay.
Our sport now is striving for perfectly textured poop and a degree of bladder control. We're both happy when it happens.
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Someone asked me "when will you be done training your dog?" not understanding we had what she thought of as trained down cold before we started...I just said,"Until we aren't having fun."

No sign of that happening anytime soon!


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Quote:So reader, what keeps you in the game? What is your motivation for dog sports?
The dogs. I love the German Shepherd Dog and I love working with these fantastic creatures. They have always been my motivator.

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My motivation is the huge financial prizes you win in obedience trials! Heh! Heh!
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Originally Posted By: codmasterMy motivation is the huge financial prizes you win in obedience trials! Heh! Heh!
OOooohh yeah! BTE did win some cool stuff once.

I guess in part I thought a three-legged dog would be better than a no legged dog....
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