Dice is a pleasure to train. I haven’t kept up as well here on my blog as I would have liked, but I am training daily and having a lot of fun doing it!
Here’s our morning session. What strikes me above all is the importance of keeping him in the game. If he’s stressed or opting out then training is going to progress poorly and long term, I’m damaging our working relationship.
On the other hand, you can get away with mediocre choices and skills, as long as your dog is happy and unstressed.
Dice is having a ball – and so am I.
We’re working on the start of the high jump pattern for Mondioring sport, extending the length of our heeling, a stay focused on me with an object behind (in preparation for position changes), a bit of defense of handler (substituting a ball for a decoy), and a few silly games.
See his current state of training here: