This is wise advice, and may take the overwhelming pressure off “solving all the things.” For example, Newt is avoiding contacts and sometimes even agility full stop at the moment (he has deep seated and sometimes unexplained fears and anxieties that continue to pop up). But instead of trying to overload us both with trying to “fix” each obstacle, maybe our top priority right now is simply reinforcing a very happy and positive conditioned emotional response to being around agility and the obstacles (without the pressure to perform).
I think that’s fantastic. When handlers have dogs that stress or shut down, I often advise that their top priority at all times needs to be the dog’s emotional state.
Made my list – super helpful! Was feeling overwhelmed and then play and fun floated away and all was feeling waayy to serious! Being focussed and playful my overall goal.
Awesome! We definitely schedule in some play time, movie time, gaming time, etc. with the kids and with the dogs.
Connection How do I adjust my handling with my new disability Completely blind in right eye and no peripheral vision I have no idea where to begin I have been going back to basics small sequences with skills and drills at home like starting over with front cross etc
That seems like a very reasonable plan. You’re basically in a fact finding phase. You need to re-evaluate how you do things. You’re going to discover what you can do with ease and what is very difficult. And then that will become your new top priority item, to address the items your discovered.
Have you tried working with just practicing on these without your dog? Do a run thru with a virtual dog to plan where you need to be, get a feel for the sequence before adding your dog. If you have someone else to practice with, have them be “your dog” so they can give you feedback.
Great tips! Always great to walk till it feels fluid BEFORE you get your dog.
Absolutely great tip Even better running with a human agility buddie!
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