Chris and I share many views on the training scene. Which, at least in my case, is kind of rare to come by. We'd talk for hours sharing our experiences and beliefs.
While over there during the Frostbite we talked about reading dogs
. A term trainers use to identify and analize a dog's temperament and behavior. This was a very interesting topic that we entered into many of it's perspectives. The common focus point for us was the large amounts of trainers we've met who don't read the dogs properly.
That's when I made the analogy to the Kung Fu series of Master Po and his student. The student was troubled that his master, because of his blindness, couldn't see all of the richness that surrounds them. And Master Po responded by asking various questions like;
* Do you see the fish in the pond? (and a fish just skimmed the surface of a distant pond)
* Do you see bird eating in the meadow?
* Do you see the lizard trapping the flies in the corner of the roof?
* Do you see the grasshopper at your feet?
And when the student looks at all those things that his master mentioned, he looked at him puzzled and asked .... "Master, how is it that you can see all these things?" Master Po replied; "Little one, how is it that you cannot?!!!"
So it was interesting to see how both Chris and I would read dogs the same way and hear form others a completely different "read out" or evaluation on the same dogs. Then during the training sessions of those days, we would see flaws in either the dog's tempereament or training, and no matter where we were, once we saw something we would "eyeball" each other acknolwedging it.
So, the response to your questions is ..... No, I'm not blind!
Have a great day all!