One of the things I love the most about this time of year is also the thing I hate the most – there are so many fun activities to enjoy. It’s pretty obvious why I’d love that but I also hate it because I find myself scurrying to fit it all into a very short time period. Halifax is very much a summer city. There are countless festivals for celebrating, beaches for basking, and patios for lounging. And in Nova Scotia summer is very much like my cat showing affection: blink and you’ll miss it. With all the activities I try to cram in, some things are bound to be left out.
Like dog training. Although, if I am completely honest I haven’t been the most hard-working trainer for quite some time.
Do I feel guilty? Astonishingly… No, no I don’t. Shiva hardly seems to be suffering. We are still spending just as much quality time with her as ever; it’s just the substance of this time that has changed.
Should I feel guilty? Some may think so, especially after our unpracticed performance at the last agility fun match. Shiva’s start line needs work and it looks like her contacts have taken a big slide downhill. The thing is, it doesn’t bother me enough to spend hours going through drills. Sure I may step it up a bit before the next one this weekend, but I am not going to go out of my way to strive for perfection. It’s not like that’s really ever been a goal of ours anyway.
Precision isn’t Shiva’s thing. Quite frankly, it’s not mine either. We may never finish a course without a fault. Knocking bars and getting laughs, that’s just how we roll. This thought used to bother me. I used to live in fear of people whispering those fated words behind my back.
“Great dog, too bad about the handler.”
This may change but today all I can do is shrug. All those out there who think only serious competitors need apply can keep their judgments to themselves. When it comes to our agility practice, the only opinion that really matters is Shiva’s. Watching the video of the last match, it doesn’t seem to me she is wishing she had a different teammate.
What do you think?