The light is back in his eyes! Arlen has been such a professional again on our last few outings and I can attribute it to one simple thing: positivity! Extra praise, fun, and encouraging him to be more of a goof. Serious Goldens are no fun, guys! Arlen had just naturally fallen into a bit of a slump- less focus, missing commands, sloppy heeling, etc.. It reminded me I need to make more of an effort to make sure he's not bored with his job, or more serious than he has to be! This goes to show, Arlen actually behaves 100x more professionally, accurately, and calmly when his silly fluffy prancing cuddly goofy excited crazy self is encouraged and rewarded. It's a great reminder and wake up call for me, and I think it's a great reminder for all of us to encourage our dogs to be their crazy goofy selves, it brings out the best in them!