Robin's Farewell Blog
I sat down expecting to write another training article to help encourage and coach those of you looking to glean tips about training dogs and using a remote collar. Instead, I found myself flooded with memories; Lots and lots of wonderful memories.
Because another year has come and gone and my habit, as we move into the winter months here in Iowa, is to slow down and reflect. I turn inward and look back on what has been in the past: the experiences, the dogs, the people, and what I’ve learned from all of it. That reflection helps me lay plans and dreams of what I hope to create in the future.
In turning back that clock I see I’ve written 34 articles for Dogtra Company, but what is in the forefront of my mind are many memories of my relationship with them over the years.
There have been shared times with other Dogtra Pro Team members like Pete Fischer and Pat Nolan who I have gleaned more tidbits and pieces of dog knowledge from than I can possibly list. If I have never publicly acknowledged them for that, it is high time, so thank you to both of you.
There has been sweat spilled and maybe even a few curse words muttered while setting up and tearing down at trade shows. Plus, the long hours on the show room floors that sometimes resulted in flying back home with a cold or the flu…but never-the-less those days always ended up being well worth it because of the amazing conversations and amazing people I meet through our shared common passion for dogs.
There were bleary eyed, late night discussions after the show floor closed that where spent talking with engineers. Communicating as I and other pro trainers expressed concepts we would like to see developed in the equipment and the engineers explained possibilities or potential limitations in techie terms I often did not fully understand. These are memories of a shared desire to continue to improve and develop products that were safe, reliable, easy to use, and helped people enhance the relationship they have with their dog.
Dogtra has been a big part of my “dog family” since 2002 and I am so grateful for the opportunities they have given me.
So, I’m writing while feeling nostalgic and a bit emotional. In looking forward, I realized this might be my last article. As I enter a new calendar year, I have some other dog related projects that are tugging on my heart strings and I’ve decided the time has come to assign them priority over my time.
I might pop in from time to time with a few words of support to help you with your training. And if you watch my social media pages, you’ll see me enjoying time with my own dogs because of the relationship we forged through training with the right techniques and equipment.
As we get ready to take another spin around the sun and I wish you all the best in the coming year and encourage you to get out there and make the most of it! Enjoy your dogs and follow your passions. Participate, play, practice, and repeat. It won’t all be perfect but at the end of the next three hundred and sixty-five days you’ll look back how grateful you are for those shared experiences and how far things have come.