It’s always lovely to hear when someone appreciates your dog, thinks they’re cute, or is wowed by their talents. Their isn’t a dog person on the planet that doesn’t get gushy, even if it’s just a wee bit, when their dog gets attention. I know my Dad gets a nice smile on his face when you say sweet nothings about his dog, I am pretty sure it’s universal.
But sometimes we forget to acknowledge and appreciate the other half of the TEAM. It is a cool thing when you throw the handler a virtual bone too!
When Ocean was a tiny puppy I was head over heels for her. We were unknowingly creating a powerful team.
I was so proud of her, all the way around, and I did gush when people talked so nicely of her. She came to this planet talented and wanting to work, so that is what we did together! Her reward in life has always been motion, and in motion is when you can feel what she is all about.
When Story was a puppy I didn’t fall head over heels for him, it was more of a partner feeling, a hang out dude feeling. And I couldn’t stop smiling. He was so comfortable with himself, and so comfortable with whatever was going on, it all happened in stride. Yet there was some grit to him, and that is what made him perfect in my eyes.
When he started to power on the juice he was amazing, like running next to a steam train. He is fast, accurate, and a great team mate. Running next to him is like drinking five energy drinks, and then topping it off with espresso whipped cream! And he has that natural charisma that makes people watch and take notice.
And then came $eeker. A lot of puppy, a lot of things going on with him emotionally, and a lot of creative training.
He is a wicked smart dog, and one that is successful in certain environments. When $eeker and I are in sync and the planets are aligned just right, he is amazing, and to watch him takes your breath away. But that doesn’t happen every time we step out. Even in our failures I love working with $eeker, he requires me to see training a bit differently.
TEAM, or the acknowledging that we do this all together is something that I strive for. The ‘US’ is so important to me. When I look at my dogs I feel complete, whole, TEAM.
My dogs throw me a bone by wanting to work with me everyday, wanting to try new things, and wanting to share space and time. That is the handler bone that means everything to me, keeps me inspired, and keeps me moving forward!
For those teams that haven’t received that feedback yet from their dogs, well here is a shout out from me! Keep working towards team, stay inspired, and enjoy the ride! Here’s throwing you a virtual bone!