Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

Beastie boy no longer

Before:


After:


I'm not the world's greatest Schnauzer groomer, but it's nice having a clipped dog. If you think that Giant Schnauzers don't shed you are welcome to come sweep my floors when he's shaggy! Most of the hair isn't from Lexis unless she's blowing coat.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

KG North Regional Championships

September 17-18th

Another upcoming event that you don't want to miss is the KG North Regional Championships being held in New Lowell, Ontario.



For more information click here: KGNorthRegionals2011.pdf

This event is planned to start at 5:00 am on Sep 17, 2011 at 5873 Simcoe Rd. #9, RR#2, New Lowell, Ontario, Canada L0N 1N0.

GSSCC Nationals 2011

September 6-11th

The German Shepherd Schutzhund Club of Canada National Championships and Sieger Show is being held in Niagara Falls, Ontario this year! Don't miss your chance to watch the best teams compete for the honour of representing Canada at the WUSV World Championships.

Hosted by Niagara Hundesport & Police K-9 Training Club

Visit gssccnationals2011.com for more information.


Playing in the snow

Here's a winter blog post that I forgot to hit the publish button on. Are you enjoying your summer and making the most of it? August is over half over!














Nosey girl

When I leave my house, Lexis hops onto the window sill, pushes the curtain aside with her nose and watches me leave.

I always wave goodbye with a smile.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I don't know what I don't know yet

Working with animals there will always be more...



Monday, August 15, 2011

Mullet head



Cut the sides, don't touch the back! ~Beastie Boys

Black Bear sighting.

Bully's a hairy beast.







Except for when he gets wet. Then he's a hairy beast with toothpick legs.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Bookends

I found the girls curled up together on the couch. As dogs usually do, as soon as you go to grab your camera they move, but I managed to get these shots before they did.



Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Perfect practice takes practice

My goal is to live the saying "Practice doesn't make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect".

When I talk about perfection, I am not talking about the performance of my dog. It is about my own plan. Taking control of my emotions (a hard one for me as I can be an emotional trainer - not necessarily bad but not always good!) Watching my dog closely and responding as needed. Not moving too quickly, or slowly. Finding the balance.

Not that everything has to be perfect all the time. But I believe that perfect practice is a skill that has to be developed.

It's also not about always having the answers. As long as you are planning your sessions and reviewing your ideal finished picture, where you are in relation to that snapshot and your successes to date, then you are on the right track.

The other day I found a note to myself in one of my old sketch books. Alone on it's own spread, it read "I know what won't work. Doing nothing." Being a perfectionist, I have found myself in situations where I don't even try because I am afraid of failing. Now THAT is sad!

Perfection is not a place anyone can stay for long. But some people reach it more than others and that's simply because it's part of their working plan.


Wednesday, August 03, 2011

The big plan for Lexis

Lexis will be 2 years old in September. Wow. Already.



Up until now I've been puttering around with her, not really training for anything specific since Bullet has been my focus.

Now that Bullet has his 3, it's time for that to change. It's time to get serious with Lex. But the big question is... What sport?

Agility? Rally? CKC obedience, tracking, etc? No, no and no. Not agility. Rally has never interested me. And since I let my CKC membership lapse over 5 years ago I have ZERO desire to ever have anything to do with them again. Not only do I dislike the CKC, the thought of the exercises bore me. Not that they aren't challenging in their own way, but you see, they aren't Schutzhund.

Schutzhund.

Yes. Lexis will like that.

What can I accomplish with her if I actually train regularly, with focus and organization? Hmmmm, interesting.

The truth is, I may never know the answer to that question since I don't have the ability to sustain my focus. But I can't underestimate the power of one training day at a time.

Even if we never trial that's ok with me. You see, I don't train to trial. I trial because I train.

And that is my big plan for Lexis.