Our New Year’s Resolutions

Hello everyone! Long time, no write ;)! How have you been? In the end, I decided to take a couple of weeks off after Christmas. In general, I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions, but certain events and our current situation has made me think that it might be a good idea to set some goals and tell you about them. They are nothing spectacular, though!

I have two main resolutions or gaols for this year 2019 which are related to Nix.

The first one is to improve her obedience. Most of the time she’s between average and good, depending on how excited she is at the time. For example, whenever we’re going to the beach to play with the frisbee, she gets very excited and as a result she’s more reactive towards other dogs, and it’s very difficult to get her to listen to you. On the other hand, when she is calm, she’s more attentive and as a result she is more obedient.

The second one is related to the first. I want to improve my knowledge, be a better owner both for her and for others. There is this book, titled Tu perro piensa y te quiere (Your dog thinks and loves you), by Carlos Alfonso López-García, who was one of my instructors in a dog training course I did many years ago (I think it has also been translated into English!). The book is the first in a series about training dogs, considering the latests scientific advancements, and taking into consideration all these areas in the training: physical, emotional, cognitive and social.

I’ve had the book for a while, but it’s dense and it’s not an easy read. For this reason, I had read about half of it but not continued (but at least I had been taking notes!). One of my goals is to reread the first half again and this time get to the end of it.

Another thing that I have to deal with is the fact that we haven’t gone back to agility classes since I broke my ankle almost a year ago. I believe that attending agility classes again would also help us achieve my main goal and, who knows, it may also help me become more fit!

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