Friday, August 5, 2011

Dawn Weaver and Dancer - Off to a Great Start!

A great example of keeping the fun in training.

Watching talented people work with their dogs is a wonderful way of gaining a vision of what great training really looks like. Here we see a video posted by Great Britain's Dawn Weaver of her new Papillon, Dancer, on her first outing with jumps and weaves.

From this little clip, you get a glimpse of some of the foundation steps that must have set the stage for this moment to fall into place -- seemingly so easily.

You see the target, and you see that Dawn has already built an amazing relationship with this little Pap. She has already taught her important lessons on attention,how to seek rewards, motion cues and how to both focus on her handler and work independently.

Most of all, you can see how much fun both Dawn and her puppy are having in this little episode. The little girl is learning lots, but she is obviously gleeful as she bounds toward each new lesson.

I'm sure little Dancer thinks all of this is just a very fun game. She doesn't seem troubled by worries of failure or about making mistakes. What a great way to build a winning attitude and the confidence to take great goals in stride.

It's a lesson for all of us to keep fun in the forefront and happy surprises at every turn.

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