Monday, 8 November 2021

Courses and horses

I'd been undecided all week whether to continue with the dog training lessons or not but decided on the day I would go and ask the question if it was worth continuing with the course. As it turned out there were more dogs at this lesson and I suppose less focus on Tilly and at the start the trainer told us there was no compulsion to go in for the award and explained the standard required. Thank you for your comments on my previous blog post and we are going to forget the award scheme and just teach Tilly all the basics for her to be a  well behaved and happy dog. This will be the last course we go to and as we're half way through, we've started so we'll finish.

There were seven dogs in class this week plus the trainer's dog who shows us how certain tasks should be done. He's fourteen years old bless him and slightly deaf so it is sometimes amusing when he's told to wait and he doesn't. Anyway it turned out to be an enjoyable lesson and Tilly did quite well. She actually waited at the gate for me to go through first and I have to say she doesn't do that at home and I do try every day with our stair gate.  We all took turns going round a course with the gate, waiting at a make believe road and a meet and greet with another person and their dog. One thing Tilly wouldn't do was choose a toy to tug with and she has plenty at home and is a favourite game. At the end of the lesson the trainer set up an agility course and Tilly did very well, I even let go of her lead knowing full well she wouldn't be distracted by other dogs and she went over the low bars, through hoops and through the tunnel, I was well pleased with her.

So when we don't go down to the beach I take her to see Mr. horse although she does get jealous when I pay him too much attention. Now in an adjacent field there are three more horses. Yesterday was the second time I've met them and one comes over to say hello although as it's a barbed wire fence I don't get too close. Another interesting and fun walk for me and Tilly.



14 comments:

  1. I think you'll be less stressed at the classes now that you've made the decision not to go ahead with the award scheme. Just treat it as fun, for you and Tilly, which is what it should be. The horses are multiplying, it's a shame the first horse doesn't have a bit of company in his field though.

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    1. I do enjoy going to the classes and Tilly will learn in her own time without these deadlines and I am not going to stress about awards, we don't need them. I've always felt sorry for the horse being on his own and he does like people and now I'm glad he can see these horses even if he can't be with them.

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  2. I've been wondering all weekend if you went back to the course. It sounds like Tilly did well this time and as Jo says, with less pressure to do the award it should be more enjoyable for both of you. It's nice to see the new horses, I'm sure they must talk to the other one over the fence :)

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    1. It took me all week to decide if I'd go to the class or not and now I'm glad I did and I do feel more relaxed. There is a public footpath between the fields but Mr.horse can see his new neighbours now which is better than being totally alone. I'd like to think they do talk to each other :)

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  3. All of us seem to agree :-) Take the "award" pressure off yourself and Tilly and just enjoy having this wonderful little girl as part of your family.

    Glad there are more horses for your first chum to talk to - they are herd animals and not designed to be alone.

    If you want to see how horses should really live, have a look at www.myshetland.co.uk. You need to scroll back a couple of weeks because Francis is currently 'down south' because her Mum is very ill, but when things are normal she lives on Shetland and has more Shetland ponies and Icelandic ponies than I can count . . . and to see them running around in herds is quite marvellous. It's a lovely blog.

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    1. I love her to bits Jayne and the training has been fun and worthwhile but not the awards part, everyone is right :)
      I'm glad the lonesome horse has new neighbours that he can see. Thank you for the link to the website and I will definitely take a look at it.

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  4. I'm glad you're not letting the training get to you. Take the pressure off yourself and try to enjoy the sessions instead. I think you'll both be far happier for it. X

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    1. Only four more classes in this course and we will treat them as fun now and I do enjoy being with the other dogs and dog owners and having a chat outside the hall before the classes begin. Tilly has benefited from going so it's been worthwhile.

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  5. I'm glad you decided to keep going to the training course. It sounds like Tilly did well. Did you fell more relaxed having decided to forget about the award? If so, maybe she picked up on that.

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    1. Yes, I definitely felt more relaxed knowing we didn't have to meet a certain standard at the end of the course and I certainly didn't like being told the week before I was letting her down. We have been told the dogs pick up on our body language so that will have been the case I'm sure.

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  6. From Ann via Bloglovin'
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    Good idea to forget about the award scheme, it's more important to enjoy the training without that pressure. Anyway, sounds like you and Tilly are doing well. I think in the end, it's all about giving a command that could save her life one day. As for the toys, I wonder if she doesn't like the smell of other dogs having played with the toys in class, whereas at home, they are all hers...just a thought. Give her a big hug from me 🤗

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    1. Absolutely Ann, now the pressure is off to meet a certain standard with a deadline attached I am more relaxed with her and we can have fun. I can see the benefits of all the commands and as you say it could potentially save her life one day. Only a couple of dogs picked up a toy so I reckon they all prefer their own toys. i will give her big hug from you, she'll like that :)

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  7. Glad to read that you decided to continue with the course without trying to go for that award. It'll be more fun this way, for both of you. How lovely to be able to see those horses on some of your walks! Too bad that one horse is all alone in his field. I'm sure he likes it when you and Tilly visit him. :)

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    1. Forgetting about awards is the right decision and we can now enjoy the classes for the remainder of this course. I love to go and visit the horse and he always comes to the fence to say hello or to see what we have to offer him :) I was so pleased to see the three horses nearby and the lonely horse can see them too which is good for him.

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