Join Date: Apr 2009
Dogs Name: Richter; Sypha; RIP Shanoa & Simon
Titles: Richter: CAA L1V NW1 L1I L1E L1C NW2 L2V ACT1 RATI WAC; Sypha: NW1 NW2 L1C L1V L1E RATI SOG WAC
Dogs Age: d.o.b. 7/13/2012; d.o.b. 12/6/2015
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Funny, you say that, VZ...I really realized how serious she is about her work in this series of photos (there are about 50 of them - we have a wonderful photographer for these trials). My awesome trainers in the different sports I train in both emphasize all the time that we really need to pay very close attention to what is reinforcing for our dogs, and specifically to pay attention to what is reinforcing WHILE they are working - that may be very different than their "normal" day to day life. Sypha is normally a dog that loves physical affection - petting, etc. BUT! She does NOT like that during "work!" It's hard for me to remember, but wow, it is SO clear during the photos that she is very serious about her work and doesn't want that kind of reinforcement. She actually ducks away from my hand. What she wants is her food reward, to be verbally praised, and to KEEP WORKING.
It was a great reminder for me. It's funny...when we get done searching and back to the area of the car she TOTALLY wants to be loved up!
Photos and video from trials is so very valuable for me...really great learning tools.
She absolutely adores this work.
I try not to be TOO serious...the more relaxed I am and the more I simply follow her lead, the better we are as a team.
Richter & Sypha
Glengate's Mountain Fortress CAA ORT L1E L1C NW2 L2V L2I ACT1 RATI SOG WAC
& Sirai's Golden Masquerade ORT L1V L1E L2C L2I NW2 NW3-C NW3-E RATI SOG DOG TKN SIN SEN WAC
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