The Nala – who is training who


I’ve finally got round to downloading the Audio book of ‘let my people surf‘ by Yvon Chouinard. Patagonia is one of my most admired brands so I’m really looking forward to the book. I’m only 1 chapter in and already loving it.

Yvon talks about his early life and his hawk training. Yes, actual hawk training (I may want to be him a little bit…)

When a 15 year old has to trap a wild Goshawk, stay up all night with her until the bird develops enough trust to fall asleep on his fist and then train the proud bird using only positive reenforcement, the Zen master would have to ask who is training who here.

Yvon Chouinard

This is how I feel about Nala and her training. I always considered myself a calm person (as long as we don’t watch an Arsenal match together after a couple of coffees you will believe me). The following is on the Hungarian Vizsla Wikipedia page:

…must be trained gently and without harsh commands or strong physical correction, as they have sensitive temperaments and can be easily damaged if trained too harshly. However the owner must show quiet authority in training, otherwise the dog is likely to take over the training session.

No pressure then.

Be calm but firm. In control but kind.

Or you may break your dog permanently…

Nala has been a wonderful addition to our family in so many ways. One of the biggest bonuses is that because positive reenforcement is the only way to go with the breed I have to find a calm head space before working with Nala. After months of owning Nala I find myself in a calmer head space in general.

We are working on Nala’s training, and in the best possible way she is allowing us to work on training ourselves at the same time.

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