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Work, however you define it, gives life meaning. I believe with the correct motivation, communication skills, and determination, you can do almost anything you set your mind to. Through my experiences, I hope to inspire others to believe that with these values that anyone can achieve their work and life goals.
My husband and I adopted Odin in November of 2017 when he was 9 weeks old. Since then, my life has become a never ending adventure. Border Collies were bred to work and finding them a suitable job in suburbia can be difficult. Having sheep in your backyard is not really an option in suburbia, therefore finding them a suitable job is detrimental to both the dogs and your wellbeing. When choosing a job or training for any breed of dog, you need to ensure it is the correct motivation to make them want to work, you are using the correct type of communication while training, and that you have the determination/stamina to continue their training for the long haul.
In addition, Odin is leash reactive towards other dogs and has been a main focus in our training. We use a mixture of counter conditioning, BAT, play, and work in order to overcome his fears. We have not let reactivity hold us back! We still go on road trips, hike, take classes, earn titles. We just need to be thoughtful about we approach any situation and environment.
I aspire to be a R+2.0 trainer and use science and behavior/learning theory in Odin’s training. Fear and force are not something I use during training.