Since tomorrow is Blog the Change (and Shiva’s “birthday”) I thought I would get up extra early this morning to film our usual goofy video of the week.
Even if you have only stopped by this space, you probably know that agility weave poles are my absolute least favourite thing to train. For the last year and a half it has been a huge effort to even think about doing it. Like dogs, we humans do what is reinforcing and weave pole training is just not all that rewarding for me. Shiva hates to collect, for one. And she would rather knock everything over than thoughtfully move around the poles. “Less thinking, more running” I can almost hear her say. Shiva is not an overly vocal dog but she often barks at me while we practice the bloody weaves. It’s frustrating.
However, I am determined to get it right one day. She will go through twelve poles perfectly. Oh yes, she will.
I just want to say a few things before you judge. I filmed this right after our walk this morning, Shiva’s normal veg-out time. This type of lazy training is not something I practice all the time. I was trying to make it more fun for the both of us. Also, Shiva seemed to think I had scattered treats all over the couch. The camera looked like a giant cookie to her and she couldn’t stop sniffing at it. Don’t ask me what goes on in this dog’s head.
Hopefully, we at least gave you a laugh! After months of classes and workshops, I’ve come to realize, as long as Shiva is entertaining, we have done our jobs.