As I mentioned on Sunday, I had a horrible migraine - one my worst ever. I am forever amazed by how Shyla will stick by my side even when she doesn't get to do her usual fun things. She slept on the bed with me for most of the day.
Finally, when I was able to eat and drink a little bit, we went outside together briefly before sunset. I kept thinking about the way her eyes reflect me. Do you see me?
I've mentioned that we've been taking training classes. For those classes, I video the two of us training almost everyday. I've learned a huge amount from watching those videos. The biggest lesson was a surprise to me.
Shyla is almost always right when she responds to a "cue" from me. When she appears to make a mistake, it is usually my mistake, not hers. For example, we worked on a down-stay the other day with major distractions. I was dropping treats in front of her nose, and she didn't try to get them. She held her down-stay.
Then, I tried to drop one even more dramatically, and I accidentally made a hand motion that looked like the "sit" hand signal. Shyla sat up from her "down". I had no idea that *I* had messed up. Fortunately, our brand of training doesn't involve corrections so my response was to gently put her back into a "down".
Even when I looked at the video, I didn't realize what had happened. My instructor recognized it, and she said that Shyla was right and I was wrong. What an eye-opener!!!!!
It made me realize that I need to look at my own movements, verbal cues, and even tone through Shyla's point of view. She reads every nuance and responds to it. That's part of being such a sensitive dog.
It's my job to make my requests clear so I don't confuse or frustrate my sweet dog. Do you see me reflected in her eyes in this photo?
Do you ever look at yourself through your pet's eyes?