Hi, everybody. I'm a new member. I'm studying hard to make the move over to dog training as a career, and this place is proving very useful! I have two Boxers of my own, Trooper Thorn and BeBop, age 7 & 6, respectively. They're fantastic dogs; the trouble times are years behind us. I'm taking them through classes to teach them how to be in movies (hit their mark, act like they're paying attention to an actor while they're really taking cues from me, etc.) I couldn't be prouder of them with how well they're doing. They recently both just got their CGCs, too. I volunteer with Boxer Rescue here in L.A., and have done some work with The Rescue Train group, but I'm looking to find some other rescue organizations I can help out and get more practice with a wide variety of breeds. I've always been good with dogs, but once I decided that I wanted to do it for a career, I've been finding out just how much I don't know! Purely positive reinforcement is an endlessly rewarding journey, and I'm working hard to leave old bad habits behind. (I've always been able to give a command in a businesslike voice that dogs respond to even when they won't listen to their owners, and to catch and hold a dog's attention with a snap. But there's very little room for that with pure positive reinforcement - I don't want to "command" dogs, I want to help them learn and come to their own decisions!) Well, I'll be around. This looks like a great community. Thanks, everybody.