I am from the south (Louisiana). Eating is one thing we do well. As such, I have learned a thing or two about cooking.
When I am working on a dish, that I am unfamiliar with, I will always review several recipes by looking them up in cook books or on line.
Now, I am looking for the recipe’ for this young Boykin I am training. In so doing, I have spent a lot of money on DVD’s and books. Some of you made these DVD’s. I have also asked a lot of questions on this forum and from trainers I can talk to.
Now, after countless hours of watching videos and reading, I am developing a plan. I am writing it down lest I forget (a real problem I have).
So the next time I am asked “what program are you using” I can say Gauge’s Program. Some will no doubt be skeptical; some will immediately wash their hands of offering any help.
Perhaps this decision disqualifies me from being able to ask for advice. I’ve lived with my decisions before.
You see, the thing is, I can watch a DVD of you training a dog, but you can’t see my dog. Every training method must be adjusted to some degree to meet the dog’s ability and temperament. After all, it is about the dog.
While I am reading or watching, I am thinking the whole time about Gauge. My mind says “yes, I see where that will help us (Gauge and I)” or “No, that will not work with Gauge because….”. Sometimes I see a procedure and I know right away that with a slight deviation I can use the basic concept.
Thanks to each of you that had input either here or in your training literature. If I am successful, I’ll owe it to you for paving the way.
In closing, for you guys that make a profit out of selling your training literature/skills, here is a suggestion for your next book. The Top Ten Training Problems and How to Correct Them. Read the last 100 problems that have shown up on this forum and count the ones that showed up the most often.