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Old 09-26-2008, 12:19 PM
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The training journal is actually a REALLY good idea. I had one a little while back and just set it aside which was dumb on my part... I may pick it up again... I also want to set myself some new objectives and my plans on how to try and work towards achieving them...

I obviously really want to work on the major important things like his leash manners, heel work, reactivity, etc...

But I think one big thing we've been running into is I'm focusing sooooo much of my attention on trying to fix the behavior issues and wearing myself down that I haven't been teaching him anything fun as well.

Maybe if I also include a couple fun tricks for him to learn as well it'll help make training sessions less stressful maybe???
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Old 09-26-2008, 12:35 PM
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Maybe if I also include a couple fun tricks for him to learn as well it'll help make training sessions less stressful maybe???
That actually is one thing I have always tried to do... I am always trying to be sure I have one "fun" trick to work on at the same time we are doing all of the manners stuff in training. I think Morgan picks up on the fact that things like "shake hands" and "roll over" are WAY more fun than "heel" and "stay", because I often feel the same way. It's easier to teach/learn the fun stuff, and it helps boost my motivation to do the harder, more serious stuff, too.
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Old 09-26-2008, 12:37 PM
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exactly.
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Another thing that I think is critical, use a timer (on a watch or an egg timer).
Set it for just few minutes, I usually set mine for 5 mins. You would be amazed at what you can get done in 5 mins. And when it rings, you are done. No matter what has happened or whether you are successful or not. Finishing on a good note is great, BUT it can often have its downside as well, creating stress and that JUST ONE MORE to end on a good note.
So what happens when JUST ONE MORE goes for a crap??? Now what?? For me it still ends, I can always find something that my dog does well and is happy doing, even if its just a sit or focus. With this method you avoid drilling and burn out and leave your self and more importantly your dog wanting to do more.
Petie actually HATES to leave the agility ring, in his opinion we don't train enough lol. Given a choice he'll sit down and not leave the ring (not an option lol) but it guanantees that the next time we train he is more than willing and ready.

Remember when you were in school?? If you were having a problem learning something and the teacher was working with you, if the bell rang and class was done, the attitude was you would continue the lesson the next day.........not getting it right at that moment, staying longer or finishing on a good note.
In my opinion, finishing on a good note is stopping before I get discouraged or frustrated too
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Old 09-26-2008, 02:19 PM
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Great advice Ado... thanks so much!
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Old 09-26-2008, 11:21 PM
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Same here...we're going through somewhat of a rut, too. The timer sounds like a really good idea! I know our trainer has emphasized what you can get done in five-minute periods, and I just seem to put it off some days...much easier to play with her...
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But I think one big thing we've been running into is I'm focusing sooooo much of my attention on trying to fix the behavior issues and wearing myself down that I haven't been teaching him anything fun as well.

Maybe if I also include a couple fun tricks for him to learn as well it'll help make training sessions less stressful maybe???
I've found with Pedro that he is more of a brat if I don't do any training at all for a couple of days. I think he's simply bored out of his mind LOL! There are days I feel like all I have done is said "knock it off!" "leave the dang cats alone!" "don't eat my shoes" "get out of the trash" etc etc etc. Then I realize...we've not done ANY training sessions in a while. I kind of look at it like him telling me to get off my butt and DO something with him. He's less bratty and I'm less stressed if I just take 5 or 10 minutes and work with him. It doesn't have to be anything important like heeling or staying. 10 minutes of targeting is enough to work his brain a little bit...and targeting is fun for both of us. Then I get to enjoy being around him again
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