Discover Monday – Birdie or not?

With a dog in a family of different people, and where one person in particular is the trainer, it can be very hard to get any synergy with training style.

Where's the birdie?

Where’s the birdie?

I often tell my dear husband off for teaching Jaxon lots of bad things – such as chasing birds in the back yard.

Dear husband (DH)’s defence is that it’s only the bad Indian Miner birds that he has Jaxon chasing.

My argument is that Jaxon chases a bird anyway – like the cute Kookaburra that was eating worms in the yard on Saturday morning…

So with this struggle in mind I was searching out ways to get some synergy so that this didn’t effect any of Jaxon’s training for obedience and agility.

I’ve been reading a lot of different training techniques, and in particular some of Susan Garrett’s older blogs and training tips.

In her experience, Susan believes that it doesn’t matter what anyone else teaches the dog off the training field.

Now that’s an eye-opener for me. I guess I just didn’t give Jaxon credit for knowing the difference between agility and any other thing. On reflection, I can see how this is true.

It makes sense then that agility and obedience should be trained in lots of different places with lots of different people. So I’ll stop worrying about DH and the birdies when Jaxon is in agility (only at home), and concentrate on the experience Jaxon’s having right there and then, and see how we go.


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