An Interview with COL
3. Based on your dog's temperament, what advise would he or she give to the other dogs at the venue?
Sue Larson: Don't worry. Lighten up and have fun. It's not the end of the world if you make a mistake. Just try again! That goes for the trainer/handlers too.
Athleen Zimmermann: I think his advice (Darry) would be to the handler part of the teams: Make sure you let your canine partner know where he's going next before he or she takes off for the jump. Otherwise the jump's coming down and it's not our fault!
Carol Lariviere : I think socialization at an early age makes a huge difference. Get your puppy out and about as much as you can. Introduce him to different people, sights, sounds and smells. Don't make a big deal out of something that frightens him; just brush it off and continue on. Definitely don't coddle and baby your puppy. If you're trying to build more drive, jealousy works wonders! Work with one dog and let the other one watch. He'll likely scream and yell because he wants to play too. And keep sessions short so he always wants more.
Terry Thistlethwaite: What would Nellie say? We try to put a lot of that on Nellie's FaceBook page every day, and her fans are admittedly drawn back to this, the breed of their childhood in many cases, because of it. Nellie would give all the good, supportive, moral, and helpful advice. She is, after all, a dog possessed of true Collie temperament.
Kim Parker: Have fun running around on the playground equipment. That is really all it is and make it look effortless no matter how you do it.