What a year 2015 has been. Usually I get to the end of a year and think….”well not much has happened, everything is the same”. Not this year! At the beginning of the year my dogs started in Grade 2 at agility and one is now Grade 4! He has even placed second in a national league and will get a lovely bit of crystal in a few weeks to really round off his collection for 2015. I am so proud of him.
I completed my Diploma in Dog Behaviour, it’s been a bit of a labour of love trying to fit it in around all my training commitments but that is what distance learning is all about, so I’m now choosing my next course. I’ve also joined the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors scheme. Although it will take a while to build my portfolio and become a fully fledged accredited instructor it is a goal out there that I can reach and be proud of, so watch this space.
I also qualified as an Agility Club Approved Instructor First class, which was something I never ever dreamed as being possible. Four days of training in the classroom and practical’s, with five final exams…thank goodness the stress and strain was worth it.
With these achievements under my belt and with the added confidence that these have given me I have decided that working in an office really isn’t for me and despite years of procrastinating and accepting that it will never be a good time to “go it alone” I made the decision to get “Paws-itivity” off the ground. With a lot of help and encouragement from my family and friends, “Paws-itivity” will be well on the way in 2016.
I cannot wait to really get my teeth in and work with my passion…..DOGS! I love dog training, the feeling you get when the language barrier has been crossed and a dog understands what your asking is just brilliant. However, that then doesn’t compare to when you show others how to communicate with their dogs and they teach their dog to do something! That feeling of achievement doesn’t go away and especially when you see students and their dogs so happy, it’s a feeling that cannot be beaten. Then with the added decision to not just do dog training but walking/sitting and all things that link to our best friends and our other pets…..well I cannot be anymore excited and I’m looking forward to seeing lots more happy dogs out there in 2016.
Happy New Year everyone