I think back to a year ago, and I had no idea how much I was going to love learning about training Shyla for nosework and other activities. We are still having tons of fun with nosework, and I'll share some footage of her finding hidden scents sometime soon.
I wonder what 2017 will bring? I know that I want to continue to hone my skills as a dog trainer. Right now, I'm working hard at teaching Shyla to walk on the rungs of a ladder that's lying slightly elevated above the ground. She's getting very close to doing it. At the start of this year, I had little idea how to train such precise behaviors using just a clicker and treats.
All that learning has been tons of fun too! It has undoubtedly strengthened our bond.
For the short term, R sees his surgeon tomorrow and will probably get his stitches out. That means that he'll be returning to normal life, including running and his physical therapy ("circus dog") routine with me. I'm looking forward to that!
That'll be a great start to 2017!