I found out I am successfully entered in the CPE trial in Adams, MA on the 12th. Phew! Then we are doing the trial at Canine Mastery on the 19th. I opted not to try and get into the CPE trial at Gemini Dogs on the 26th - I figured I would be setting myself up for a melt-down!
I realized today, that I am creating a self-fulfilling prophecy by talking about what a weirdo Ike is. I don't know if any of you have read Shaping Success by Susan Garrett; she discusses training her Border Collie pup Buzzy. At the time she was working with Buzzy she was writing a column for Clean Run about training him. Needless to say he had a reputation based her trials and tribulations of training using only positive methods chronicled in Clean Run.
By always talking about Ike as a little reserved, strange dog I am creating that image for him in other people's minds. Ugh! Truly he is a great dog - we all have issues, right? So I recognize I need to knock it off. I would holler at anyone I caught doing that to their dog, so I guess I am hollering at myself right now.
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