All great responses! The more you can self-evaluate and take note of what you need to work on the more likely you will be to actually work on those things.

Knowing when to call finish is huge and one of the biggest struggles for many at NW3/+. How fast does your dog find hides when you know how many there are? What signals do they give you when there is nothing more?

If Lily likes excitement and applause, give it to her when she finds a hide. Who cares if you look silly, Lily will celebrate with you.

With Prim’s insecurities in a new environment, that’s something I’d purposely work on. By paying quickly in a strange environment you can relieve her of the pressure to search, keep her eye on the new things AND tell you where the hides are.

Sue – I love your response about attitude! I, too, tend to get down when things don’t go well. I am working on my attitude! 🙂

Kimberly Buchanan
Joyride K9 Dog Training