Slacker

Can I just say that my dog-laziness has reached new lows?

No mojo

Silas is getting somewhat closer to going back to the park, but I don’t want to do too much too fast. So, a few times a week we walk around the block. Halfway around. More like a quarter, in fact.

In the evenings, Silas wants to play, but he generally prefers to do his pure playing with my husband, who is faster. If I throw Silas’s toy, he’ll take it back to K. So there’s that. I do some, but not that much.

What he wants to do with me is our mix of play and training. To which end  we were enrolled in three online dog training classes, two of which ended just last week. Three, by the way, is too many. Do not get grabby hands with these things or you will burn out.  I’ve, umm, downloaded all the assignments. For one class I did two out of twelve before resorting to the internet version of cramming them all in a drawer. For the second, where the exercises don’t really build on each other, I made a deliberate choice to get more proficiency per-exercise before teaching the next one, so we’re also at something like two out of ten. The third class? It’s long-term, and I haven’t even logged into the website in two weeks.

Cue me, hanging my head.

This is a problem I have a lot, in fact. I’ve even written about it here a few times. I will devote a lot–presumably too much–energy into being the “perfect” dog trainer for a few weeks, and then for the next few I just can’t be bothered. Something will happen to remind me of how really, really messed up Silas is (this time it was the car thing, followed by the exterminators, followed by my out-of-town BFF having to stay at a super-sketchy hotel near the airport because I can’t let anyone in our house), and it lets the air out of my little balloon. What difference does it make if Silas can execute a perfect foot target?

The difference, of course, is that his way-too-smart brain needs something to do with itself, and training is quite literally all we have. That’s not exactly motivating, though.

How do you get your dog mojo back, when things are a little stale?

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5 thoughts on “Slacker

  1. I think “lazy” is a term that should never be applied to you — with regard to your training and care of Silas — but I feel you. My problem with online classes is that I lose motivation really quickly; there’s something about that human presence — a teacher looking you in the eye and knowing whether you’re present and doing the work — that is much more compelling to me. I’ve signed up for handfuls of online classes and never really finished any of them. Alas!

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    1. I do think a wee sliver of the problem is how *very* hands-off the two classes that just ended were. Especially one of them, which basically presented a lump of material all at once, and said “Learn this at your own pace!” I think Susan Garrett’s class spoiled me, because it was a new thing rolled out every day.

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  2. Do these online classes have deadlines at all? I’ve never done one, but I think if they had open schedules, I would be in the exact spot you are. Without a timeline to adhere to, procrastination and lack of enthusiasm can definitely take over. If I’m held accountable (to someone other than me), then I can deliver.

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  3. I think as long as you are keeping Silas happy and busy – it’s ok to slack off. It’s not like you are leaving him to his own devices – sounds like he is getting plenty of play time and fun training!

    Maybe I am only saying that because I am a slacker too and so I’m more forgiving. While Blueberry doesn’t have the same issues – I know there are things that I really should work with her on but it’s just so much more fun to spend that time hiking or snuggling!

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