Dogs are hard work, if your dogs arn't then you ain't looking after them properly!!! My dogs are good dogs, they are extremely exuburant, 5 & 6 but they are have as much energy as I can remember. I love the dogs, I love the challenges they set before me, where we get to challenge each others wits, training!!! Learning how to out wit a dog is exhausting, it's hard work, and keeping up out witting the dogs is just as tiring, I'm an engineer by trade, logic and that sort of thing, so I love the abstract thinking that comes with dog training, I some times find myself thinking about dog training when at work but never work when I'm out with the dogs!!!

Paul
Learning how to out wit a dog is exhausting, it's hard work, and keeping up out witting the dogs is ... some times find myself thinking about dog training when at work but never work when I'm out with the dogs!!!

Perfect! I am in the same boat. I don't think I have ever mulled over work when I'm out training/playing/whatever with the dogs. But, I do think of the dogs all the time at work.
There is a new trainee at work, and she came to work with me yesterday for a bit, just to learn about my job & what I do. A friend came by, and I was apologizing for not being able to help her on a particular weekend event (we are both on the "safety committee" together) due to trial entries.

The trainee perks up, and asks me, "Trials? What sort of trials??" So I give her the "brief and not too boring" intro to my dog involvement. She begins gushing over her own dog, and their agility & flyball involvement! Fabulous! Any work-related training just went right out the window, but it was nice to meet a fellow "dog person" in my own work environment!! Shelly & The Boys
I do think of the dogs all the time at work.

I don't just think about my dogs while at work, I pine over them dreading every minute I spend here. Cursing the fact I have to work and be away from my dogs for one minute. Strange I didn't feel that way about my kids.
Glad you have a new trainee that loves dogs too. That ought to turn out to be real fun.
Gwen
Dogs are hard work, if your dogs arn't then you ain't looking after them properly!!!

That would depend upon the dog, and what you think of as work. Not every dog is driven and active anymore than all people are. There are plenty of dogs who content to laze around just as there are plenty who always want to be on the go.
My dogs are good dogs, they are extremely exuburant, 5 & 6 but they are have as much energy as I can remember. I love the dogs, I love the challenges they set before me, where we get to challenge each others wits, training!!!

Then you probably don't want an easy dog. My first dog, a GSD, was so easily trained I thought ALL dogs were like that. I couldn't understand why people couldn't stop their dog from running after a cat, rabbit or deer. More experience has taught me about the range of differences between dogs.
Learning how to out wit a dog is exhausting, it's hard work, and keeping up out witting the dogs is just as tiring,

There are some dogs that are a challenge to "outwit" although I don't have one presently. Quite often the challenge might be motivating the dog to your thinking. Which of course is quite a different matter. Instead of trying to outthink the dog you find a way to bring the dog around to your manner of thinking.
I'm an engineer by trade, logic and that sort of thing, so I love the abstract thinking that comes with dog training, I some times find myself thinking about dog training when at work but never work when I'm out with the dogs!!!

Well you certainly have your priorities straight.

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