August 2nd 2008 6:11 pm
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All I can say is "wow"!
We spend more than 2 hours with my new teacher. She respected my breed, my being, my heart. She also respected the things momma has tried, tested, liked and disliked in the past. She listened, suggested, coached, but she didn't take over.
It turns out, she had been sneaking peeks at me and Momma while we were waiting for our appointment. She said she already knew that Momma loves and respects me, but that by judging from our interview, she could see that although Momma has a clear vision of how she wants me to behave, that she also has a side that's sometimes a bit too "soft" to finish the job. Not in a mean way, but in a determine, firm way.
She said that she could see our bond and that anything is possible!!!
My session was so good, and I got so much praise! We are starting the clicker training again -- with the promise that it will not become a crutch -- and I responded beautifully. My teacher even brought in other doggies to help us create our exercises and plans.
By plans, I mean already knowing the steps that we will take when a scary skateboard is approaching, or a bad distraction.
Anyway, I'm so exhausted now that my eyes are drooping. I slept all the way home. But I'm tired in a good way!
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