This Agility season will be very different. Belle is gone. Tawnie is my only trial ready dog (barely). Mamacita is a work in progress. I am excited about training with these two VERY different dogs.
Switching handling gears can be difficult when you are working with dogs that need completely different motivation! I hope I am up to the challenge!
Tawnie has alot of potential to be a dependable team mate. But she is a bit too handler focused and very sensitive to my moods. I have to tread softly and carry a bit stick of cheese!
Mamacita is a firecracker. She is handler focused and obstacle focused - meaning she finds reinforcement in both places. She is super fast and very sensitive to my movement. That means my handling has to be precise. It will be an exciting season!
- my dogs, my world
- My name is Lesli Hyland. In my forty seven years on this earth, my home and my heart have been graced with the company of twenty dogs. Many came to me as seniors. All of them taught me something and helped determine the course of my life. I am a dog trainer because of them. I met my friends because of them. My husband and I are are forever bonded by our mutual connection to them. As a dog trainer I have access to other people's dogs and I am allowed to share in their unique relationships. The dogs make me a better person by forcing me to closely examine my motivation, my actions and my choices. Everything I do affects their behavior, safety and happiness. It is an awesome responsibility. The dogs keep me honest.