Went to my first handling class at the new training place tonight. Raodi was a superstar! Actually, it's the training place where we used to take handling classes when she was a puppy, but it's changed hands and the trainer has changed. I really like this new trainer!
I briefly explained our situation -- that this is a two year old dog, who has points in spite of me, my first show dog, and that I REALLY need to work on my stacking. She showed me a ton of things in one short hour, and made a hundred percent difference in our performance. At various points she'd take over someone's dog for a few minutes to demonstrate, and I tried to absorb everything. Her approach to each dog was unique and totally based on its temperament, which was great to see. It was a small class (I was sorry to hear that the group isn't always that small, the one-on-one was great) so the dogs even got some playtime at the end as a reward for working harder than usual. Many were puppies, so I'm happy to see that the trainer appreciates the importance of keeping it fun for the babies. I'm so happy I decided to give this class a shot! She promises that she's going to make me perfect, and I hope that she delivers. ;) We're gonna rock EKC!