Clean Run - March 2011 - (Page 12)

Who Needs a Training Partner? By Linda Randall DVM I have been thinking about training partners. What are they good for? I happen to have a fantastic training partner in Jeanne Franklin. She is kind, supportive, and actively engages in training discussions, even when I am long-winded and overly analytical. Like a good marriage/relationship, any disagreements or annoyances tend to strengthen our partnership because we both work so hard at being honest, yet not critical. More importantly, we make up well: “I’m sorry.” “No, I’m sorry.” “Well, okay, we are both sorry, but I’m sorrier.” “Yeah, you are pretty sorry….” It is always interesting to find out just how solid a training partnership actually is since, at different times, one partner does better than the other. This can be long-standing, recurrent success, which may induce a feeling of lethargy in the partner who is less successful, or merely a short, one-weekend success, when one person has an “off" trial and the training partner wins everything there is to win and tops it off by completing a major title. I am pleased to say that despite my whining and lack of qualifying scores, Jeanne still is by my side, offering suggestions when she thinks I can take it. As a matter of fact, my dog, Dash, has Jeanne to thank for his current training regimen. Jeanne’s two-year-old dog Caliber is doing great and is in USDAA Masters classes. He has consistently outshone Dash’s accomplishments at the same age. Am I put out by this? Of course I am. However, it is not because they are doing so well, but rather because I want to do as well! Really, there is a difference. 12 Hidden within the former, there is the childish emotion of jealousy, which will eat away at a friendship. Jealousy is unhealthy and wishes for another to fail. In the latter, there is recognition that a friend and training companion has worked hard for her success and deserves accolades and support. At the same time, it combines with the understandable desire to be equally as successful. So, I wonder, why, oh why, won’t my dog stay on his contacts when hers will? It’s not fair! Later, in calmer moments, one (okay, “one” is really me) realizes that maybe, just maybe, the aforementioned training partner put in some time on contacts that one (I) did not. Or, maybe the training partner just had the right method at the right time with the right dog. (I think to myself, hoping, hoping….) It doesn’t matter, though, because training partnerships, fortunately, also thrive on adult, healthy, competition. “If she can do it, so can I!” Clean Run | March 11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run - March 2011

Clean Run - March 2011
Editorializing: Go Get the Dog
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
Who Needs a Training Partner?
Difficult Students, Difficult Dogs, Happy Endings
Ready, Set, Trial! Volunteering at Agility Trials
The Breeders Behind the Dogs
Working on Stimulus Control
Teaching FOCUS and Impulse-Control Classes: Introduction
Power Paws Drills: Long Way, Short Way
Help for Heel Pain: The Facts About Plantar Fasciitis, Part 1
Hydrotherapy for the Canine Athlete
Getting the Biggest Bang for Your Seminar Dollar
When Pigs Fly: You Can Do It
You Know Your Dog Is Aggressive If... Part 5
Want the Best Training Results? Then Play!
Challenges for Rising Stars

Clean Run - March 2011