During Meghan's agility class, the trainer said something that made such perfect sense that a lightbulb went off in my head.
She said when we run an agility course we are not the driver. The dog is the driver. We are the navigator. The dog doesn't know where it's going unless we tell it.
As everyone knows, when you are navigating, your timing and sense of direction is critical. We have to tell the dog which way to turn with enough time for the dog to make the turn. We have to make sure that we really mean left, not right (which way is your body pointing), etc.
I have to admit, I always thought of myself as the driver but now I see that I'm really the navigator and it makes so much more sense.
Anyway, I thought that was such a great analogy that I had to pass it on.
Wow Lydia, that is really good!
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That explains it perfectly. I'm going to borrow this for my students Thanks for posting it!
I've always tried to explain it as partners in a dance, and you are the lead partner. If you are not clear in your movements (what your body is doing) you will "step on your partner's toes" (crash into your dog).
That is what scares me the most about agility - me being the navigator!
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Great analogy. Makes perfect sense. The navigator knows the way but the driver must do the work. And the navigator must be clear and precise with his directions so the driver is clear about what he must do and when.
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Reading my borrowed copy of Control Unleashed (thanks!) I ran across a line that resonated with me
"Connecting is a team effort. I find it odd how many people want their dogs to focus on them when they are not at allfocussed on their dogs." (p. 62)
perhaps it clicked as I saw just that happening at the trial Friday
fits in nicely with the driver, navigator analogy too - as if the driver is going one way and the navigator isn't paying attention we all know getting lost is the result!
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I keep getting told to "bowl" my dog, nothing about navigation LMBO
(that is, swing your arm forward to indicate the line you want the dog to take)
Great quote though... Sophie is still taking detours to meet people
HAHA! Yes it helps if you both have the same destination in mind.Originally Posted by kaytris