Monday, June 20, 2011
Motivation - or Lack Thereof
It has been a constant challenge to keep Zack's motivation up whenever we do anything together whether it is rally o or agility. He is weird for a terrier in that he doesn't really have much drive for anything except live rabbits - which are a no no in the ring and the odd skateboard ahahah. One minute he seems to be having a great time doing agility and then the next he couldn't care less. I think that is a border terrier trait as well from what I have been reading. There are times when Zack does go crazy for certain toys and plays alot by himself with them in the garden but only for a short period and then he couldn't care less if you shake it in front of his face so it is hard to use toys as a motivation. It is probably all my fault in the way I have been doing things and my instructors at agility on Sunday gave me some great pointers about the way to use toys and food rewards to try and keep Zack's attention and motivation up and I will certainly give it a whirl.