Happy New Year, everyone!
I don’t know about y’all, but I am beyond ready for a new year and a new start.
I achieved a few of my goals for 2017 – Brody’s BH and his Rally Advanced, but we missed on a couple, as well. Most notably, his CD, which was a bit of a disaster…
I’m a big believer in goals over resolutions, so I wanted to share my dog-related goals with all of you. Feel free to add some of your own in the comments!
- Track more consistently – at least three days per week. I’m the worst about getting my butt up to go track, and that needs to change if we’re going to achieve goal #2.
- IPO1 – either in the Spring or Fall
- Rally Excellent – Might try to get this one done in February, just to get it out of the way. I enjoy Rally, but at this point I’m just trying to finish out the levels for the sake of the satisfaction of having done so.
- Rally Master – Seriously, they had to add this one? They’ve also added an Intermediate Title between Novice and Advanced, but we missed out on that one. I’m not sad.
- CD – This was a goal for 2017 that we failed to achieve in pretty spectacular fashion (Brody wanted the judge to wear him as a scarf during the “stand for exam”, and it went downhill from there…), so it’s back on the list for 2018. Tenacity is a key trait in dog training.
- CGC. Yes, this is a goal. Brody is SO over-the-top social that it makes achieving this one difficult. “Sit politely” for anyone to touch him just isn’t a thing he can generally manage, making this one probably the most challenging title on the list at this point.
So those are my general goals for the new year! If you haven’t set your own goals already, I really encourage you to do so. It helps to give shape to your training calendar and make the best use of training sessions.