Motivational Poster (Love the One class)
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So the "Love the One" class is for those who don't feel that special "working partnership" bond with their dogs - and I definitely have not felt that. Yes I downright adore my dog, and I KNOW she loves me, but she is NOT a working partner yet. Most of this course is directed toward the human's emotions and motivators with very light looks at the dog (I haven't submitted a video yet and don't plan to for the next 3 lectures I'm catching up on).

One of our homework assignments was to come up with a motivational poster that would epitomize what you envision your perfect bond to look like. Most people, with FDSA being a sports dog school, had pictures of happy teams competing in different sports or playing with their dog. Being that I had no pictures of this to go on, and not wanting to "pick" a sport for my poster without knowing if Ember is even into sports, I was forced to really rethink our relationship.

And in all honesty, I could probably come up with a better, more "future bond" one, but I needed a good reminder of what I already had. This picture was taken within the last couple of weeks, and I don't remember when or by whom. But is has instantly become one of my absolute favorites.

My challenge to you - do the same, even if you already have a working relationship. What does yours look like? What do you wish it look like? Post it below!

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Gotcha Day: November 14, 2015
Vet-Listed Birthday: May 2, 2014
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Caption "Pulling in the Same Directions"
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We're working on our working relationship, at times its feels like 1 step forward and 2 back but I'm trying to focus on the 1 step as looking at the bigger picture we've come along way from the lovable but mental pup with no off switch.
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Beautiful Bronwen! I love it! She is so happy to be there with you!
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Gotcha Day: November 14, 2015
Vet-Listed Birthday: May 2, 2014
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Mattie isn't an easy dog.  She is really difficult to train in spite of the fact that I KNOW she is smart.

   

We were staying with a friend while on vacation this summer.  The yard is lovely and has a nice pond as a landscape feature.  Mattie decided that it was a swimming pool and would jump into it whenever she needed to cool off.  And then she would smell of algae and I would need to rinse her and she hated that!  But this photo reminds me that my goal with Mattie should always be to build her confidence and keep her happy.  I don't know what her first nine months of life were like but I think she was severely neglected.  This photo reminds me to just enjoy my dog where she is and not worry about 'goals'.
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#5
By the way, that photo with Ember is so lovely. You should frame it.
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#6
Lovely reminder! That's what my picture was for me too. "No matter what, it's you and me for life". Even if that's all I get, it's all I need. I love how your picture works for you!

And thanks, I may Smile I will have a training room in 3 days Big Grin
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Gotcha Day: November 14, 2015
Vet-Listed Birthday: May 2, 2014
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#7
A training room! What are your plans? I have a room in the house that doesn't get much use and have been thinking about reworking it for training. I have also thought about putting down rubber mats in the garage so we can train in that space.
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#8
I doubt I will ever get my picture. I'm not fast enough and don't have enough help. But I can tell you what it would be. Micah and I out working the sheep. It would be in the moment when I once again call the wrong command and he does the right thing anyway and gets the sheep where they need to be.
Gotta love 'em.
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#9
Thats fun, GM! I would love to see a dog working sheep in real life. I'm fascinated by videos of it!

TMM I'm posting a video of it now - parents are OUT!!!!
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Gotcha Day: November 14, 2015
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