So this Saturday, after over a year of bedrest and new parenting, Macula and I are going back to class. We're heading out to one of our old trainers who moved and set up a new facility. It's a little far, but she was by far the best trainer Macula had so I'm hoping her classes will be as good as her one-on-one work.
Gotta admit though, I'm kinda scared. I've been away from the whole working-with-my-dog thing for so long. What if Macula is a butthead? What if I'm incompetent? What if I/we make a fool of myself/ourselves? Will hubby survive alone with the kidlets for three or four hours ('course he will)? I'm hoping this whole human-dog communication/working together thing is like riding a bike something you never quite forget how to do.

Marie
I'm hoping this whole human-dog communication/working together thing is like riding a bike something you never quite forget how to do.

Ah. I thought you meant "Is it like riding into a parking meter and smashing your glasses?," which it isn't.

Dogs are wonderfully smart and remember, if not everything, an awful lot. Some tune-up will be needed but you should be back on track in no time.

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Macula will be a butthead. You'll be incompetent. You will make a fool of yourself. Hubby will survive as will your children. The cool thing is that everyone else in the class will be in the same boat, and you'll all get the giggles together. It sounds like a lot of fun. I look forward to a full report.
Lia
Butthead dogs remain butthead dogs, no matter what. I'm sure Macula will not dissapoint in this regard, but I'm also sure that she'll remember a few things, and that the both of you will learn a few new ones.

Oh, and it will be good for hubby to be alone with the kids for a few hours. He'll develop some important parenting skills that way.

-Shannon
So this Saturday, after over a year of bedrest and new parenting, Macula and I are going back to class. ... I'm hoping this whole human-dog communication/working together thing is like riding a bike something you never quite forget how to do.

Good for you and good for Macula! I felt a little guilty going back to agility classes after my daughter was born, but it was really good for both me and my dog. And hubby did just fine with our daughter.

Oh, and Bonnie (the dog) does enough goofy things that I've gotten over the 'what if I make a fool of myself', I just smile along with everyone else. You guys will do fine.
Mary
So this Saturday, after over a year of bedrest and ... riding a bike something you never quite forget how to do.

Good for you Marie. I think that is grand. It will be good for you to get out and about with Macula. Getting away from the kidlets a few hours a week will be a good thing for you as well as Macula.
The two of you will do just fine. I am sure even if Macula is silly it will be something to laugh about later.

Enjoy your time training.
Gwen
Gotta admit though, I'm kinda scared. I've been away from the whole working-with-my-dog thing for so long. What if Macula is a butthead? What if I'm incompetent? What if I/we make a fool of myself/ourselves?

You might want to ask for a show of hands. Anyone out there who hasn't made a fool of themselves? Anyone have perfect angels for dogs who always never embarassed the handler or themselves? And how many people started out knowing everything and doing everything right?

Personally speaking, my obedience trainer told me that I should probably never go dancing because of how much trouble I was having with about turns on heel (ZERO eye-hand-feet coordination). When Khan got bored in class once, and was being asked to do something, he sat, downed and rolled over on his back with a mad glint in his eyes, all in quick succession, and when I said 'uh-uh', woo-wooed at me. Everyone else thought it was hilarious, how he was giving me a piece of his mind. I'm sure there are many, many more that I've blocked out.
Will hubby survive alone with the kidlets for three or four hours ('course he will)?

Of course they will. Whether he'll still be sane when you get back is probably a different question :-) True story. I was the first baby my dad had ever handled. Mom said that he would carry me draped over his arms, face down, like I was a wrung out towel that he was carrying out to the clothesline. And I'm still alive to tell the story.

I'm hoping this whole human-dog communication/working together thing
is like riding a bike something you never quite forget how to do.

You'll be fine. Everyone else will be in the same boat. Just enjoy the insanity.
Suja