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    Default How to handle time off from training

    I was work through FF with my dog. We were on walking fetch following Fowl Dawgs. Life interrupted us for a little over 3 weeks. Would you back up and review a little or try and just pick up where we left off? How detrimental is this time off in the learning process? I know each dog is different but Iím wondering if any of you dealt with forced time off before.

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    Interested in the answer to this. I have had to take a break since August 20th due to surgery on myself. I was getting ready to run my dog in his first double JH on the 24th and 25th of August. Haven't still been able to do anything with him.
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    I would definately back up and review/re-enforce what you have already done. The process needs to flow to teach the proper skills. On another note, if you have not FF many dogs, that it won't hurt you or the dog to get some extra time on FF to make sure its solid. You may only need to spend a few days to get back up to speed.
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    If we have a time period off... Say due to heat or life I always back up about 2 steps! Even with marks Last week was 100 for 5-6 days straight So first cool down this week we backed up and threw just singles
    Always take a few steps back and build from there.... If pup shows it rememebers and is ready to move forward great! I always train for success Would rather do something simple and have a good day then start where we left off... Hope he remembers... Hope all goes well
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duckquilizer View Post
    I would definately back up and review/re-enforce what you have already done. The process needs to flow to teach the proper skills. On another note, if you have not FF many dogs, that it won't hurt you or the dog to get some extra time on FF to make sure its solid. You may only need to spend a few days to get back up to speed.
    x 4 Never hurts to do a review. Don

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    I have one that missed almost 8 months. We started over completely. Yes, it went much faster the second time around. But it really turned out to be a good thing. Because he was already familiar with the work, his confidence level went through the roof. I can not imagine any bad coming from starting over.
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