So I decided that I want to return to what I love doing the most, my passion: training my beloved dogs and trialling with them. The decision came this morning after making some significant changes in my life.
We are rusty, my Athena and I, but I marvel at Athena my white german shepherd’s enthusiasm for training. We trained for a bit today after doing spotty work during the past few weeks. Now with our first show coming up at the end of the week, I will train everyday, but I will not intensify our work.
You see, Athena is so enthusiastic about training, that she will not leave my side, except for the stays. Her eyes are so bright and alert with her German Shepherd ears standing tall, and her tail in a perpetual wag. She has this cute finish: when she’s sitting directly in front of me and I give the cue for her to walk around me and sit at heel, she literally jumps up out of her sit and wraps herself around my legs.
Our training sessions are priceless, and I don’t want to kill Athena’s enthusiasm by training hard and stressing her out. As Sunday’s show will be our first in over a year, and we haven’t trained in about as long, our performance will probably stink, but as long as my dog enjoys being with me and enjoys being in the ring, that’s all that matters to me, and I’ll know that I have done my job as a trainer.