I have been blessed to move to the PNW where clinics abound. I have been to many clinics since my move to Sequim. I have taken a little of this and a little of that from each clinic. It may be like that for me with instruction. I'm able to take a little of this and a little of that.
The search for just the right instructor may not happen. I may need to gain some new insight from one and move on to another. I'm just kind of testing the waters here in the PNW. But, I can tell you this, I have had superb handlers that give lessons at my fingertips (well, at least in a 3 hour range). And, that, to me, is a real bonus.
I have learned more here in the last year than I did in multiple years where I used to live. Plus, I have more trials here than I used to have in SoCal. I'm not too worried about having only a small piece of acreage to work the dogs, because I feel consistency and learning how to get what you need from each dog outweighs having huge fields.
I'm what I call kind of a sloppy handler. I'm competitive, but not to the point I could be, or would like to be. I like to train and handle my own dogs. Every dog is so different. It really takes a pro to analyze them in a short matter of time. And, wow, have I met a few pros that were right on! Amazing. But, at the same time, they need to address the "handler," me.
I need encouragement. I need goals. I can take constructive criticism, but don't squash my dreams. Help me achieve the best I can be with the dogs that I have. Both my dogs have flaws just as I have flaws as their handler. Help us, teach us, to achieve the best we can together as a team. That is all I ask :0)