Perfection

I have a few extra days to finish up my chapter -- I am not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing. Have you ever heard this?

That applies to both writing and, of course, Life with Dogs.

I was especially thinking of the dangers of perfection in terms of training. Readers of this blog know well that I am opposed to showing dogs too early -- I believe it can create a lifetime of issues.

On the other hand, waiting for Perfection involves hoping there is agility or obedience in the Afterlife, and I am not so sure we should count on that.

There is a sweet spot in there, and likely it will be different for all of us. But since my goal is a happy dog and (usually) as close to perfection as possible, I will continue to hold dogs back and keep training.

On the other paw (dogs have four -- usually -- and I am up to three so far), deadlines are super helpful. And so the chapter will be Done and Not Perfect, and Sparkle will likely get CD legs done this month, and they won't be perfect.

At some point we have to be willing to trade Perfection for Done, right?

You know what is Perfect? Five month old Ze.D...

Ze.D and his Uncle Nikko (iPup)...

I hope you are having a terrific Thursday.

4 comments

by Kay on Thu, 06/01/2017 - 09:34

Training for perfection is for an ideal world that doesn't have a finite time frame. However, training toward perfection is helpful once you decide it's time to hit the ring. Although realistically perfection is near impossible to achieve, sometimes there are glimpses of it that a judge can see and will help to earn a green or even blue ribbon. I recently showed Ruben in a Preferred Open obedience class and despite one big error, the judge commented to me that my dog did have moments of brilliance. I was very proud of his performance.

by Jennifer G on Thu, 06/01/2017 - 13:33

I am loving these puppies and thier inquisitive little faces. And these ears! These ears are almost as good as bellies! Love them! I love how wonderful and different these litters of babies have been over the years!

by CA Heidi :-) on Thu, 06/01/2017 - 14:39

Perfection is elusive, but excellence is possible. I think you regularly achieve excellence with your dogs, and in your work.

I have a sign to send Sparkle for the shop! :-)

~H

by Terri and Peaches on Wed, 06/07/2017 - 23:53

"Perfection is elusive, but excellence is possible." Is this your quote CA Heidi? I love it!!!

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