Episode 5 of the Fenzi Dog Sports Podcast was released on today and I wanted to share a few of my favorite excerpts from my interview with Loretta Mueller.

Loretta Mueller has been involved in agility since 2003. Loretta and her dogs are no strangers to the finals at the USDAA World Championships and she currently coaches the World Agility Organization USA Agility Team.

She also runs FullTilt Agility Training in central Minnesota. Outside of the agility world, Loretta has been involved in herding, competitive obedience, rally and service dog training.

A FEW GREAT TAKEAWAYS FROM OUR INTERVIEW:

“I’ve never met a dog that was bad. I’ve only met dogs that were trying desperately to communicate with their owners.”

“People ask me all the time, how do you work with people who are not open to change, because I get that in seminars sometimes. […] From my standpoint it’s very simple. They see the dog change and they change.”

“You must realize the slightest change and the smallest try, and so meaning, reward the effort. Acknowledge that the animal is trying, and if you choose to recognize that smallest try or slightest change, that’s what makes or breaks your training.”

“But a lot of times it’s because people tell you to do stuff based on what? Human. And I’m trying to convey to people, learn dog, and it’s so much easier. Everything becomes so much easier.”

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