The thing I love about teaching is seeing the moment someone gets excited and genuinely clicks with a concept. This year we have a continuing student from last year who did not want to move up to the advanced class. I think she was comfortable being one of the "better beginners" and wasn't excited about the prospect of not being at the head of the class. We also use mostly positive reinforcement and motivational techniques in our advanced class and she is most comfortable with more traditional chain collar corrections. The moment I saw her correctly applying the Fenzi pocket hand to her dog, and loving the result, my heart sang!
|A fellow leader teaches the Showmanship class.|
My lesson plans this year stress NOT drilling your dog, NOT rehearsing and rehashing the same old trial prep. Training sessions should not look like the same boring string of exercises you are required to do in the competition ring. For the most part, the class is willing to try my silly activities but I wonder what their training looks like at home. I hope if I give them enough options, they'll find a few that they enjoy enough to do on their own. Any suggestions? So far we've worked in hand touches, leg weaves/recalls through the handler's legs, games/toys to end heeling without a formal halt, Janice Gunn's cookie toss games for fronts without a formal recall, and we do Shirley Chong's clicker retrieve method.