Thanks, Ike. Message received loud and clear. :-)
Last night I took Carmie and Ike to see Cheryl for a chiropractic adjustment. Both dogs had recently lost their pelvises and getting back in alignment is a multi-session situation.
Cheryl has taken some Animal Communication classes and has been able to communicate fairly easily with both Carmen and Ike in the past. She has connected strongly with Carmie. One bright day at a trial Cheryl was attempting to connect to Carmen to ask her about whether she could see and wanted to run. Her eyes started watering because Carmie was having trouble with the sun.
I mentioned to Cheryl that Ike really wanted a job and I signed him back up for Rally-O. She immediately said, "He wants to be sure this doesn't mean trialing." Okay. No trialing - I swear!! Then she said he would like to do a trick class and you would have knocked me over with a feather to see Ike's expression. He really did say that - he lit up when Cheryl mentioned it. how weird/amazing is that?
I have never been a big trick trainer. I know both Shaya and Cat love training tricks. It's just not something I ever got into, however it looks like that will be changing. I am now on the look-out for a trick class and I am firmly committed to NOT trialing Ike - ever.
If anyone knows of a trick class south of Boston, please let me know. I know I can train at home (and I surely will), but I get a lot out of having an hour a week committed to one-on-one time with my dog.
3 weeks ago