12 September 2013

Training, respect and morals

I have been struggling for some time with various things, and one day sat down and tried to formulate a plan for myself and my dogs.

...and the goal: to run and have fun with my awesome dogs, especially Q.

So far I have implemented various feel-good aspects into my training and competing. I have changed my ways of doing some things, and I have changed some routines. In addition I am trying some new techniques of contact training, of handling, and of rewarding dogs.

So far so good.

I am not running specifically to obtain clear rounds, tight turns, wins, etc etc.. I am going for communication and trust with my dog. One of the things I have put on hold is filming at shows. Naturally I will get back to this, when I am feeling better about things, and when I am once again in my proofing stages, but for now it's nothing. I feel distracted by the fact that what I am trying is on film, and to be honest, a little uncomfortable. I don't want to fall into the trap of having to set incorrect targets, having to analyse things that are not my long-term/ main goals.

This brings me to some recent unpleasantness. I requested some input from facebook friends regarding others filming me (for their own use/ gain/ purposes, hopefully not to be published). My question to my FB friends was whether it is worth asking people respectfully to not film my rounds. The general response was, sure, I can ask, and any decent person should respect my wishes, but should they ignore my request, then there is nothing I can do except ignore them.

While this seems pretty cut and dried and I will live with it, but I am just having a hard time digesting some recent comments and threats (yes, nasty threats) due to my request.

Human decency, morals, respect... people don't seem to have much anymore, unfortunately, and I am sad about that. If people want to "learn" from me in any way, they are free to ask me for help, I have never refused to assist anyone, I help people walk courses, I answer questions about why I am doing certain moves/ running certain lines, I tell people how I train things, I am an open book. So please don't shove me aside, not talk to me, but then see me as important enough to go behind my back and film my dog to try and learn things about me in a more underhand way.
My dog is not herself, and I do not like the cameras aimed at her, opening her up to criticism and inviting further comment.

I keep to myself, I don't mess with the other competitors, I keep away from their space on the course as well as off, I don't distract working dogs. Please, people, respect me and respect my work with my dog, and my feelings towards this issue. In fact just leave me alone on course, thank you.