Don’t just manage, make changes

When we want to change a dogs behaviour there’s often a lot of different tools and options we can use to try and do this. One of the most common dilemmas we can find ourselves in is the choice between … Continue reading

New puppy

I’m so excited, I’m getting a new puppy, the next addition to my family, a liver working cocker spaniel boy! I’ve wanted a new puppy and a second dog for a while now but the timing hasn’t quite been right. … Continue reading

The art of mental training

Over the last few months I’ve really gotten into listening to podcasts. It started with the ProBlogger 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge, which then got me looking around for different podcasts and I currently subscribe to DogCast Radio and … Continue reading

Difficult decisions

We all come across difficult decisions from time to time, some of us more than others. When to retire our dog from agility. Whether to move for that dream job or stay near family and friends. To buy a van … Continue reading

Betley Gundog & Game Fair 2015

Well it’s been a couple of years since I first went to Betley and boy has it changed! I wrote about how spread out it was last time and I think they listened! All of the stalls were circled around … Continue reading

Take a Little Positive from Every Adventure

_DSC0276Success. The topic of this Dog Agility Blogger Action Day. Success is broad, it covers so much. Success that your dog is fit and healthy. Success that your dog managed to queue without being upset by another dog. Success that your dog came out of that run safely, free from injury. Success that you remembered the course!

The first thing I think about when I think of success, is taking a success from every run. Whenever I write blogs about our shows, (especially when I write about our many Eliminations), I always try to find a positive from every run. Something that we did well. Something that was an improvement. That is my success. It was a success to complete 12 weaves poles. It was a success to get a good stop dog walk contact. It was a success that Guinness waited on the start line. It was a success that we did a nice tight wing wrap. It was a success that we queued calmly.

But success proceeds much further than each individual run. Each show. Each result. Success comes in training. What is your success rate?! How many times was that behaviour completed correctly? It’s an important tool for dog training programs. Did your dog sit when asked 9/10 times. A success rate of 90%!

Dog agility is a human-selfish sport. If we never did agility again and instead allowed our dogs a good run through the woods twice a day, would they miss the agility? I reckon not. Although agility gives us the drive to train our dogs and the means to physically and mentally stimulate them, that can be done without agility. Therefore the biggest success for me is that my dog is fit, healthy and happy. Every time we do a training session, every show we visit and every run we do, I have succeeded if Guinness is happy.

However winning is definitely a very favourable success as well!

Read about what other agility bloggers consider Success as they upload their posts throughout the day: http://dogagilityblogevents.wordpress.com/success/