We seem to live in a culture that supports obeying, not questioning. By thinking outside of the box and looking for creative solutions to your problems, you can improve your outcomes more than you can believe.
I started the sport of dog agility back in 1998. Since then, the sport has continued to evolve at a rapid pace and the training knowledge of dog agility handlers has drastically been increased. In today’s world, there are so many current cutting edge methods to train various skills in agility and I certainly hope that trend continues.
As a handler to my dogs, I believe it is extremely important to be up to speed with the latest trends and training techniques to put in my “toolbox” as both a handler AND an instructor to my students. As a teacher, I am a bit concerned recently about the amount of people I see who seem to be stuck in a circle. It seems people are afraid to step out of their box and ask their instructors *why* they should be doing something a certain way.
If “Simon Says” be a sheep, would you be one ?
Instead, people seem to go along like sheep because:
A) it is the “in” thing to do
B) they are afraid to question the instructor
Simply put, a good handler will step out of their comfort zone, and take a risk from the norm and question why something should be done a certain way. However, I’m not saying don’t listen to your instructor! 🙂 I’m saying ask your teacher “why” instead of following exactly what they said because “Simon said so.”
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition”
– Steve Jobs
A good instructor will want you to question them; they want you to succeed and understand to your utmost potential. A bad instructor doesn’t have an answer when you ask “why” something must be done a certain way.
Follow your heart and what you believe in, take a risk and you will succeed!
Tara LaBelle, Swift Dog Sports