It's not that I didn't have a good working bond with Riley but I had gotten used to the "feel" of working with him and perhaps that caused me to become lazy with my criteria and making excuses like his size etc. I also believe that working on more shaping has probably taught me to be a bit more patient and wait for the response that I want instead of fixing the response that I get.
Stella was supposed to attend class last night as well but she was sick on sunday so I opted to leave her home. I ended up assisting my trainer with one of the new puppy families in her class. It was fun and it was a bit of an ego boost for me to realize that I actually had good answers for their questions. Each animal that comes into our lives has so much to teach us. I still have so much to learn but it was nice to take a moment and recognize how far I have come.
We've had snow here this week which is unusual for us but the dogs have had a blast playing.