Thursday, May 17, 2012

Continuing Education

I registered to take Susan Garrett's Contact Success course. It's a 12-week course on teaching contacts. I really enjoy her on-line courses, chock full of tips which create plenty of "Ah ha!" moments for me. I've gotten so much out of the Puppy Peaks class, and I'm sure the contacts course will do the same.

Last night in class my friend said she was going to start working her 2x2 weaves with her new Border Collie. How exciting! She had been doing some baby jumps, and is now ready to work in more obstacles. Then she said something that really got me: "I'm so afraid of messing up this dog." It's like she read my mind. I felt the same way when I first got Cosi. He has so much potential, could I bring out the best in him? What if I mess up?

A very wise person told me that we are sent the dogs we need. Perhaps my fear of failure brought me Cosi. I'm always worried that I'm not the best handler for him, that he would be World Team material with someone else. I'm working on turning that around to listening to the lessons he has to teach me. Brisco taught me so much, and Cosi is opening up whole new chapters for me. As those thoughts flashed through my mind, I said to my friend, "Don't worry. Listen to what she has to teach you." It's all a journey.

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