Today an agility instructor asked me "What are your goals for Tawnie?"
I want us to run fast and happy together.
I want us to have fun.
I want her to love agility.
But suddenly I thought, "Yes, but what exactly does that look like?"
I realized that I myself did not have a clear picture of what I wanted. I certainly did not have a plan for the steps needed to reach those lofty goals.
So, here goes. I'll try to articulate my REAL agility goals for Tawnie.
I want to develop speed and independence through the use of targeting.
I want to remove ANY and ALL demotivating habits or maneuvers (such as front crosses which slow her down considerably) from our training.
I want to TRY TRY TRY to move seamlessly from a missed obstacle to a successful sequence without any indication from me that Tawnie made a mistake. Let's face it - the mistake was likely mine.
I want to build Tawnie's love of agility by increasing my rate of reinforcement, by giving her as much enthusiasm as I want in return and by lowering my criteria at the first sign of confusion so she can succeed.
I want to be a better handler, so she can be a better team mate.
"Ready Tawnie? Let's GO!"