I wasn't going to do a 2010 wrap-up post, because I didn't really feel like we had accomplished much, but then I though of one thing . . . I didn't get any new dogs in 2010!! Considering I got Lok in 2007, Jun in 2008 and Elo in 2009, that's a pretty big accomplishment!!
Seriously though, most of my 2010 training was disc related, which I dont talk about much on this blog, probably because it's a dog training blog and disc training feels more like ME training. We didnt accomplish as much as i was hoping to accomplish disc-wise, but we did pretty well in a couple quads and had one great freestyle round. Actually, we accomplished quite a lot now that I am thinking about where we were in 2009. Jun is a much stronger freestyle dog. Her TC fell apart, but I think we're making progress on those issues. For 2011 I'd like to add a few more yards to my long throw, become more consistent in my throwing in a comp environment in both distance and TC and get better at just "playing" in freestyle.
My biggest training accomplishments this year were with Elo. Lok pretty much took a break from all training and Jun didnt do much besides disc training. Elo has come a really long way since September 09 when he came home with me. I am super proud of this dog. For 2011, I'd like Elo to get his CGC. That would be such a huge accomplishment for him! It may not happen this year, but that is what I plan to work towards.
Lok started nosework in 2010 and I plan to continue to work nosework with all the dogs once a week. I've also been working less on tricks and more on manners, and incorporating manners work into our daily routines, e.g., stay out of the bathroom while I'm getting ready in the morning (practical boundary work), down stay before being allowed to get on the bed, etc. My dogs have decent manners, but since we're not training for any sport competitions right now, I figure we may as well work on useful behaviors that increase the peace in our household and help save my sanity.
Here's to an accomplished and fulfilling 2011!