Only a few days and in looks like this
I was the weakest link yesterday in the agility competition. Firstly we missed the first course because I locked the keys and my dogs inside the car. On the second course I was handling the dog to go into the tunnel and while screaming "tunneltunnel!" I realized that there was a jump before the tunnel. The last course I messed up totally, ran into a jump etc. But hey, you can't always be that smart.
Kipinä really enjoyed the day, for her it was the best! Her favorite human friends came to bring another car key and they watched little Kipinä run agility. Kipinä got to jump up to their faces and be a funny little fur-thing.
Sometimes bc people ask me, why I don't get easier or "better" working dogs. Well, I'm not saying that I will never get a bc. It would sure be interesting to try an easy, straightforward dog. But there is something about these weird, crazy, "impossible", cat/alien-like little creatures that is fascinating.
Flamma is my older PS, the best doggy ever. I think he can read my mind, he does anything to please me and trusts me in a way that is almost scary. He trusts me with all his heart and I think he would jump into a well if I asked.
He is an obedience champion and has competed in 9 different sports, in 4 of which he is in the highest class. I think that is quite much for a PS. It is interesting to train a dog of an unknown breed for obedience. It is interesting because no-one has the answers on how to solve my dog's problems. For example BC trainers can solve BC problems and there are so many BCs in obedience that whatever problem you get, someone has had the same issue before and the solution is ready. But with a PS, you really need to just listen to the animal, try to figure out what he is thinking and get a real bond so that you can read the dog's mind and he yours.
Then we have Kipinä. She is not average in any of her personality features. She is very reactive, very fast, very hectic, very timid, untrusting and not food-motivated. Someone could call her impossible or untrainable. But she also has many great qualities and is definately not untrainable since she is in the highest class in agility at 2 years of age. You just have to find the right strings to pull and not see things as problems but as new training areas.
Training "difficult" dogs really does teach you a lot about dogs, wolves and the primitive instincts of this species. It is far from training a Labrador that just wags his tail and completes tasks blindly.