Since I’ve been thinking about obedience a lot lately… I’ve realized there is a lot more to it than just training the exercises. The exercises themselves are really not all that difficult… some are more so than others. Go outs are tougher. Articles are tricky. Drops on Recalls as opposed to flat recalls are an issue. But seriously, teaching a dog to do all the exercises isn’t really all that difficult.
The difficulty rests in getting good, happy, motivated work out of a dog while doing so much obedience. Worry and anxiety can set into any dog in the obedience ring easily. It sure sets into us people often enough! Getting a good foundation of attention work is really important, too. I think I didn’t do that enough with Jet when he was a puppy. Not in a happy fun way where he chooses to be with me, rather than doing something else.
So I’m learning. It’s weird. But I’m just starting to understand about the What that’s behind obedience that I didn’t understand before now. But then I didn’t have a soft, sweet dog that I wanted to go far with. I understand how some people just want the natural obedience breeds such as Border Collies or Goldens. I don’t really want anymore BCs, I like my collies and Farmdog the best. And so I’m learning how to motivate them to work, even with stress and lack of treats in the ring.
Maybe it there were some scorpion helmets sitting in the ring to shake things up, that’d be interesting! LOL