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Learning With a Dash of Lunacy…or Perhaps More Than A Dash

Posted on 11/18/14 69 Comments

Once or twice a month we hold live online coaching sessions for our students. My “Inner Circle” is a group of students I help with their dog training throughout the year so they get one of these sessions each month. Most of my other online classes get one or two of these coaching session over the duration of each course….really it is a tool we use to facilitate learning, clear up challenges, motivate training and get closer to our students.Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 12.13.45 AM

These coaching sessions usually lasting between 90 -120 minutes.  It really depends upon how many questions we get before and during the shoot. We love these sessions and often use our dogs to do demos…but just like “live TV” sometimes the demos don’t go as planned.

This month’s coaching call for my Inner Circle was focused on the “retrieve”. My students assignment was to rate the skill level of their own dogs’ retrieves before we got together (on a scale of 0-10) and we picked the training up from there.

I thought I would share some of the “bloopers” or lighter moments from that session with you…as with most of our coaching sessions, there ends up being a lot of learning with a dash of lunacy…here I share some of those “dashes” from this months session. 🙂

Today I am grateful for Lynda’s sense of humor. As dog owner we all have to find joy somewhere in the midst of even our toughest challenges or it can all get a bit much.

Leave me a comment and me know which part got to you the most…it will give me insight into your sense of humour 🙂


  1. Ruth says:
    Monday, December 1, 2014 at 3:24am

    “Not my puppy”… “Couldn’t think of anything with your dog”… “Glove on drugs”… Lynda’s eyes fixated on the toy dog’s tail… the paper-towel-roll weapon striking again and again…

    Great comic relief!!! Thank you!!!!


  2. Sharon Weaver says:
    Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 3:24pm

    Love the ocean/rain effects, but my favorite line is Susan at the end saying, “and I can’t think of anything with your dog…”

    Coaching calls are so much fun! I so wish I could be an IC Peep! I couldn’t swing it this year but maybe next time you open it up I’ll be ready. In the meantime I better get back to my H360 exercises!


  3. Kari C says:
    Friday, November 21, 2014 at 10:39pm

    Love it. I miss IC peeps.


  4. Paula Stiven says:
    Friday, November 21, 2014 at 2:23pm

    Hi there!! Susan, do you have anyone in the Calgary area that teaches your method of agility???
    Thank you


  5. Brenda says:
    Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 10:17am

    I thoroughly enjoyed watching these special outtakes. I enjoy knowing that your dogs do not start out knowing everything. Seeing Dare playing with the tug toy with abandon and being in his own world and Susan saying “not my dog!” was funny! Though I saw my dog doing the same thing and I felt left out. Now I know I can keep the joy regardless of the outcome!

    And seeing Susan “beating” Lynda with the tube brought back memories to me. When my Mom was alive, she would “smack! smack! smack!” Charlie’s arm. And Charlie would come back by saying he loved my Mom’s love pats. Thanks for the special memory…


  6. Janet in Oz aka MRB says:
    Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 1:53am

    So are we having fun sound effects for all our coaching calls – no pressure, Phil. And Lynda – you are such a good sport even with zero sleep… Kudos to you.


  7. VallhundKista says:
    Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 8:10pm

    Love that you’ve captured some of the fun of our ICP calls – they are e hi-light of my month!! And kudos to Phil for his “special touches”!


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