Bunny here at the keyboard to share my weekend with you.
I wish I could say I had a big adventure from the weekend to share with you, but it turned out to be a weekend of training. You see, Mom and I have a big test coming up soon and she is worried that she won’t pass. I am not worried about whether I will pass in the slightest, but humans have funny hang ups about these things.
On top of that, Dad and Küster have to stay on top of their game, so they needed a training weekend, too. Actually, Dad was out part of the weekend helping other SAR dogs do their job as a support person. This particular search didn’t involve Küster’s special skill set, so he chilled out at home for that part of the day, but a search dog always has to be ready for the call, so he volunteered to help me this weekend with human training.
So, it was a weekend spent alternating between relaxing and training.
I’m not going to lie to you. Training humans is hard work. It is not for the faint of heart. They can be incredibly headstrong and stubborn, so you have to use your wits when you work with them. I’ve found that it’s best to make them think that what you want them to do is their idea. This is easier said than done.
You may have heard that you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. With humans, you put them on the end of a leash and try to lead them in the right direction, but they think they’re the ones doing the leading. It’s good thing we Greyhounds have Greyhound Mind Control to help us with these things.
I needed the relaxing breaks in between the training to keep up my stamina. It takes a lot out of you to keep redirecting humans. Fortunately, mine is a pretty quick study and I must say, I’m proud of her. Küster reports that Dad is finally doing obedience work with him in a way that makes sense, too. This is really positive news, because for a long time, obedience has not been the Black Tornado’s favorite thing.
I think our hard work was worth the effort.
I took Mom through all the paces that we’ll have to go through for our therapy dog test and I have to admit that she looked pretty good. We went out to places that aren’t familiar to us so that it would be more like when we take our test. It was nice to visit a couple of local parks to get some training in. Our one sticky area is the long sit and I had Küster train Dad at the same time since we will have to do a long sit and long down for our test with other dogs and humans. I heard Dad tell her that he didn’t think we’d have any trouble passing the test.
I think my human feels a lot better about taking the test now and that makes me a happy hound. I’ll still love her if she doesn’t pass the test, but I don’t think it will come to that. Keep your fingers and paws crossed for us. I don’t care one whit about passing or failing, but it matters to my human, so I’m going to do my best to get her through it!