“Don’t get paralysis from analysis!”
“Don’t point your finger at the problem!” (Use Indirect Pressure)
“Just go train your dog!”
Now guess ‘who said these things?’
None other than Rex Carr. They are words of wisdom. I follow them religiously despite my scientific background and interests.
Understanding all of this stuff well enough to use the terms and incorporate into everything you do is a difficult task. It does not come easily for most of us. I hope that your main response to Part 1 and 2 is to think about what you are doing from the dog’s point of view-nothing more-nothing less. What is he doing in his mind?
As a trainer I like to focus on increasing good behaviours rather than stopping bad behaviours (helps me teach instead of test).
I try to say “I want my dog to sit nicely on line” instead of “I want to stop my dog from creeping”. I have become better at the way I use praise or an aversive and when I give it or remove it.
For me, retriever training is an endless journey in which I never know for sure how to get there or where I will end up. The journey itself is the biggest reward- I enjoy it! The Blue is just dessert!
“Amen!” The end of my sermon.