Best Training Practices Only Change One Variable at a Time

Oct 11, 2022

Often times when training we like to lump.  Lumping is the concept of either changing too many variables at once OR skipping steps leaving gapes of understanding for our dogs.  This can really impact the quality of training we are providing to our dogs along with our dog's understanding of expectations and what we want from them.  

Often times I find dogs are not be stubborn or unwilling to work with us but instead confused and don't understanding.  This is many times caused by this concept of lumping.  Although many people don't even know they are doing it.  Even when you become aware of this phenomenon you will be surprised at how many times we put our dog's in that awkward situation to tell us that they just don't understand.  Here are some tips on how to prevent accidentally lumping when training your pup.

1. Create a training plan - this will help you lay out all the learning layers and steps required to ensure your dog has the best understanding possible.  Additionally, at any point your pup shows a gap in their understanding you will be able to review the plan and take steps back to previous layers as needed.

2. Document your sessions - doing periodic video recording of your sessions can be very useful to go back and review.  If you aren't comfortable video taping your sessions then at minimum collect data that is related to the learning layer you are working on so you can actual proof as to whether your dog is ready for the next step.

3. Ask for a spotter - this could be a professional or a friend or family member who understands the training process and your goals.  This can be helpful when you want someone to look over your work or watch your training session.  An outsider almost always has a better eye on the details of what is going on in your session than the person in the session.

 At Canine Craze we have a team of professionals that can assist with a variety of training needs.  You can contact our office for more details about our training services by emailing [email protected] or calling our office 515-222-1112.  Our office hours are Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 5:30pm and Friday 8:00am - 12:00pm.