15 April 2009

Bad dog - shame about the handler?

It's not that I expect our tugging ordeals to ever end, but still its soooo frustrating whenever I run into a problem. Sigh...

Situation being: Orkan doesn't want to tug as long as the grass is wet (or any other reason he might come up with). I know his behavior is a reflection of my abilities as a trainer, so this means I'm not doing my job. Since tugging isn't really fun in these situations, I tend to avoid them (work on jumping technique using food rewards instead of just going out to tug, right?) - which makes the problems ten times worse. I need to step up and face these issues. Waiting won't solve them...

Having him tug for the food doesn't really work very well, so I guess my only option is tugging A LOT, or maybe going back to the no food rewards regime. New rule from today: every day Orkan and I have to go out and tug, do circle work etc (no planned training, just tugging), and try to have a blast. I want a border collie!