a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: Agility or Real Life

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Agility or Real Life

SUMMARY: Too much agility, not enough anything else.

Apparently I'm not the only one conflicted about how much time I spent on agility to the exclusion of all else. Read "Fun, introspection and agility" (July 7 entry) at Training Journal for Devon and Jaime.

What I posted in response: I used to have several hobbies and activities; I used to spend lots of time with friends and go on long, interesting vacations. Now, I do dog agility, dog agility, dog agility, and more dog agility. And four or five years ago I started complaining about it. At the beginning of this year, I *vowed* I'd do only 12 trials this year instead of 20. Well--here it is July, and I've done 13 already. There's always JUST ONE MORE that would be fun, or useful (for titles or qualifying for nationals or whatever), or just TO BE THERE DOING AGILITY. Sure, I love it, but it sure has squelched everything else I've always loved, too. What a conflict. I'm not sure that I could manage 2 years off from agility--I'm not quite sure what I'd DO with my high-drive, high-energy dogs if I didn't have training to focus me and them. Sigh.

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