Saturday, February 12, 2011

Focus on the Good!

Vinnie and I went to an agility practice in the Quad Cities today. It was a good thing. I learned a lot. Our biggest problem is that Vinnie will get the "rips". I have not decided what causes this yet. It could be a lot of things. If he runs one way, I run the other with his toy and today he was right there back on his tug. This is a vast improvement from over the summer. We are focusing on the GOOD. I like the drive I get with a toy, but he seems to be able to focus a little better with food. We need a balance here. At home I do a lot of throwing a toy and feeding for the retrieval of the toy - we'll give this a try next time. After watching my video from the practice session today (THANK YOU Tammy!!!!!) I am feeling much better than I was during the session. I learn so much by watching my training videos:

1. Yes, he was getting the rips a bit today, BUT he was running right back to me within a few seconds. (even though it seems like an eternity when you are gasping for breath!).
2. I need to be a little faster with toys and food (even if that means packing my cheeks like a hibernating hamster!).
3. We need to work on some lateral distance this summer (I am NOT fast enough to run him like I run the IGs).
4. I need to run with more intent - I am still to hesitant with him.
5. I need to tell him while we're running when he's done something good.

So... since we are focusing on the GOOD - here is the good stuff from today:


Smooth Sailin Agility said...

He'd looked GREAT!!! Isn't it funny how at the time you're thinking, it wasn't so good, but then you want your flip and you're thinking..WOW!! "Look what I've GOT"!! Vinnie is so awesome! Look forward to his continued progress. LOVE THE TAIL!! Why would anyone want to cut those off! G

tervnmal said...

He looks great! And slightly vicious. ( :

And I'm all for packing my cheeks with treats like a hibernating hamster! Whether I'm training or not!

Anonymous said...

You are going to have your hands full keeping up with Vinnie!