When It’s Time For A Break
Article & Photography By: Deborah Lee Miller-Riley
As a canine watersports judge, I have witnessed thousands of great dogs compete for watersports titles. While I always share the excitement of triumph and commend qualifiers for their success and skill, what I appreciate most in a team is not based on whether they pass. It is their display of partnership, a team performance radiating trust, focus and mutual joy. It is a good handler who knows the difference between when discipline and pressure can guide her dog to a joyful performance, and when pressure should be removed by sacrificing task success for the dog’s well being. Delaying a training or competition goal, for what your friends might perceive as giving up or encouraging disobedience, is neither a private nor a painless decision on the day of a trial. … (To Read More purchase a copy of the March/April 2012 Issue of DogSport, available March 16, 2012).