Given that I have been promising this video all week, it really needs no introduction. Because I am me, I feel like I need to say a few words anyway.
Last Sunday’s fun match was awesome. I went in with a plan: reward, reward, reward. Then reward some more. If we ever get to a real trial I won’t be able to do this so I need to create as much value for staying with me and following my directions while I can. Amazingly, it worked! For the first time I felt like we had real connection out there. We now have a formula for success! Gradually I hope to increase the number of completed obstacles between rewards but I think last weekend’s brilliance is a fantastic starting point.
For the first time, I didn’t feel as if we were the worst team on the field. Shiva got both her start-lines, she responded to verbal cues, and she only got the zoomies twice. Twice! Once per run. In my opinion, the first time doesn’t really count since the treat pouch slipped from my hand while she was tugging. In the video, I am not sure if you can hear my muttered “crap” as I felt Shiva pull it away.
I almost had a tantrum.
This time we both had a blast. I remembered why we got into this in the first place. As I walked with Shiva up to the start lines, I didn’t feel a bundle of nerves. Sure and I was a little tense, but my stomach didn’t feel like it was going to fall out. I felt calm. Confident. I knew that if things didn’t go as planned, the world wouldn’t end. I wasn’t worried about looking like an idiot. For me, this is pretty freaking huge.
Sadly, there isn’t another fun match until the end of September. My addiction will have to be satisfied with our usual Saturday classes. It surprises me how much I can’t wait to do it all again.