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Here I have this incredible opportunity. I have been training with a local field trial amateur. He is teaching us so much. Our dog is marking like we never thought he would. Teaching us how to handle and not start bad habits.

Now my question. How can I be a better student? With all the information, I feel like I am missing something.
 

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Have you started a notebook yet? A teacher/trainer/instructor will appreciate not having to repeat themselves any more than necessary.

I've been working with a trainer twice a week since I got my pup back in mid-December. I take notes during the sessions (if there's time) and I take the time at night to recap what I think I learned and add to notes.
I also find that after a day or two I'll remember something else, or it makes more sense (no comments please about the delayed reaction :roll: ) and I'll add to the notes and even highlight what issues I need to focus on.

Then before a session, I'll review what's been covered previously, and actually try to have a plan when I go out to train (amazing, huh?).
 

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I am on my 3rd notebook with Darla. I draw out my sessions and mark what my problems were, what went well... LOL! AND what I might have been yelled at for! I can look back to a year ago and see how much we have improved. I mostly draw out a scenario to or a drill, so that I can go home and apply it. Because if I don't use it, I won't remember it.

I read a study once that people only retain 30% of what they learned in a seminar, and that's only IF they use it every day... Gotta try to do your homework!

I think if your mentor sees improvement, tells you that you have improved, then you are a good student... At least in that way....
 

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JParsley said:
Here I have this incredible opportunity. I have been training with a local field trial amateur. He is teaching us so much. Our dog is marking like we never thought he would. Teaching us how to handle and not start bad habits.

Now my question. How can I be a better student? With all the information, I feel like I am missing something.
Meditate on what you see, what you hear and what the dog does. See the setup, be the setup.

/Paul
 

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Gun_Dog2002 said:
JParsley said:
Here I have this incredible opportunity. I have been training with a local field trial amateur. He is teaching us so much. Our dog is marking like we never thought he would. Teaching us how to handle and not start bad habits.

Now my question. How can I be a better student? With all the information, I feel like I am missing something.
Mediate on what you see, what you hear and what the dog does. See the setup, be the setup.


/Paul

... be the setup ????

As in, "some time your the Flyer, some time the Line Mat", or what ?

john
 

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I think Paul meant to say "meditate" rather than "mediate"....and his homage to the classic film "Caddyshack" was more than appropriate.... :wink:

Goonga-goolagoonga regards,

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john fallon said:
Gun_Dog2002 said:
JParsley said:
Here I have this incredible opportunity. I have been training with a local field trial amateur. He is teaching us so much. Our dog is marking like we never thought he would. Teaching us how to handle and not start bad habits.

Now my question. How can I be a better student? With all the information, I feel like I am missing something.
Mediate on what you see, what you hear and what the dog does. See the setup, be the setup.


/Paul

... be the setup ????

As in, "some time your the Flyer, some time the Line Mat", or what ?

john
Sorry John, thought you were deep enough to understand.

/Paul
 

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I don't Golf so both Bill Murry's and Adam Chandler's classics :roll: were not able to be fully enjoyed by me.

If not "playing" is demonstrative of a lack of depth, then so be it.

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john fallon said:
I don't Golf so both Bill Murry's and Adam Chandler's classics :roll: were not able to be fully enjoyed by me.

If not "playing" is demonstrative of a lack of depth, then so be it.

john
John you don't have to golf to find Bob Barker beating the crap out of Adam Sandler funny.

Bert
 

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What gun_dog said. Look at each set up and say nothing. Study it. Before a dog runs, ask the person the exact purpose of the set up and what he expects to achieve from it. See it his answers match your assessments. Also, read and study all you can about the retriever game. Learn all training methods and philosophies, not just one.
 

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I think you should keep a trainer or teacher to be a good student. And also you have to acquire something from your knowledge so that you will achieve something great that will help you to be good student. If you have any question about this , let me know. I am glad to help. Thanks
 

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This is a brief description from my March 2004 journal describing an approach to becoming an efficient student.

Learning how to train dogs is a long-term process. What you know and can apply at
any one time is critical to the advancement of your dogs. Dog training is somewhat
like chess "It depends a great deal on how much you know. But, what you know
is really everything you've learned, minus all you've forgotten.........and the
forgetting process is powerful". Rolf Wetzell

Therefore, it would seem a daily record enhances “remembering” and is a wise course
of action. It provides a reference with context. The “paper trail” will provide quick
recollection and inhibit the “forgetting process”. You will know more because you
have planned to forget less.
 

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Notes, diagrams & photos w/ the date so you can check back on how you're progressing. I always write down the issues of the day. End of the week I underline same issues appearing over & over. I take pics, videos for my files. Good luck

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I am always amazed at the clients that run their dog then go back to their truck and don't watch the others.So much to learn from each individual dog and the way we handle each......at the end of each session I ask each person what their dog and themselves got accomplished?Usually the answer is not what I was wanting to hear...JUST PAY ATTENTION and you ll be fine.......I know this was an older post but an excellent question...Jim
 
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