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SchH Confession....

I have become jaded....I don't like new people anymore.

I have been training GSDs since 1997 and in SchH since 2008...and I have not accomplished anything in the way of a title....but I have always trained EVERY week, rain or shine, hot or cold, snow or not. Don't get me wrong...someday I'll get around to titling a GSD.

Back in my OB and agility days, new people and their dogs were exciting, refreshing, and enjoyable. Now, after a few years of living the SchH lifestyle, and breaking my backside to accomplish nothing....new people and their freakin' optimism piss me off. I hardly even listen anymore, because as soon as it is raining...they won't be there. When it gets cold...they won't be there. When they can't get their dog to do this or that...they won't be there. When they realize you can't just train at club...they won't be there.

I honestly never thought I would become one of those jaded a-holes...but I am, and I don't care. I just train to train because I love it....and I want the new people to go somewhere else!


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I am with you!!!

Every year we receive about 15 new people at the SAR group, one year later one, maybe exceptionally two persons become volunteers.

And in Schutzhund every time I go to train with my friend we invite everybody and at the ends it is always only the two of us.

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At our club, we had a new guy coming, and I liked him. After he'd been coming for awhile, I decided to give him one of our club ball caps. Two weeks later he was gone...haven't seen or heard from him in months!

I like the comers and stayers...it is the comers and goers that make me crazy!


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As a "new person" to the sport... I'm glad you're not in my club. I've been out to training every week, rain or shine. It was drizzling and cold last week with 97% humidity, and it was just me, the helper and club director. I work my dog every day, no matter the weather. I get up early to do scent pads and short tracks every morning before leaving out for the day.

Are there some people at club who aren't as commited or aren't there every week? Yup. But not everyone has to have the same level of commitment. Just because someone is new you shouldn't write them off. If you do, you will never have any new people and the sport will die.

You were new once too...

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Agree!

There are those that we call "sunny trainers" which means they only come out when it's nice outside (or when they know their dogs will be worked first - then leave!).

Rain, cold, wind, whatever - I am out there.

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Well, I'm feeling all warm and fuzzy now........

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Well, I'm feeling all warm and fuzzy now........
I swear we were just talking about this?

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As a "new person" to the sport... I'm glad you're not in my club. I've been out to training every week, rain or shine. It was drizzling and cold last week with 97% humidity, and it was just me, the helper and club director. I work my dog every day, no matter the weather. I get up early to do scent pads and short tracks every morning before leaving out for the day.

Are there some people at club who aren't as commited or aren't there every week? Yup. But not everyone has to have the same level of commitment. Just because someone is new you shouldn't write them off. If you do, you will never have any new people and the sport will die.

You were new once too...
That is exactly what I mean when I say I've become one of those jaded a-holes!!! I really used to be you!

But now I see and understand what the ole-timers were so jaded about...the comers and goers waste time and resources, and it just gets old....and it really bums be out when I like the new person and they don't stick with it.


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That is exactly what I mean when I say I've become one of those jaded a-holes!!! I really used to be you!

But now I see and understand what the ole-timers were so jaded about...the comers and goers waste time and resources, and it just gets old....and it really bums be out when I like the new person and they don't stick with it.
A certain amount of skepticism is warranted and new people do have to pay their dues. But you gotta remember that every one of those "old-timers" was new once too...

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Sometimes things happen to people, maybe they lose their job and cant afford training anymore, maybe they became ill with cancer or something else, maybe personal issues came up and they cant continue training.

I am sure some of the new people decide that they just dont want to continue training anymore, but I am sure some just cant continue.

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