Lowly Qui Chang, foolish trainer that I am, confesses to you and all my Brothers and Sisters in Training I am a weak, foolish old man!
I cast my vote for "other" as I have fallen victim to all of the sins you have listed, and then some. Cursed me! I am human.
While I strive mightly to reach True Enlightenment on my journey along the Road to the Great Gathering, it is very long and difficult road, to be sure. I have seen much, learned much but realize there is much more to see and learn than one might ever hope to comprehend in one lifetime.
At one time or another I've been guilty as charged on all counts. The one "sin" that I try the hardest to avoid is the testing instead of training. I think I came very close to falling off the wagon on Sunday - close enough to feel guilty for 2 days!
I am a rookie trainer so I am guilty of all of these, just last night my 6 month pup perfectly performed three retreives with a dead pigeon. After much praise I decided on onemorzee and she decided on a game of keep away. When something is going good it is hard to quit when your ahead. I guess thats why the casinos do so well.
My big thing right now is losing focus. Could be my ADD kicking in?
Anyway, where was I? Oh, yeah, I lose focus a lot. Some of that ties in with giving advice. People will ask me a question about why one of my dogs is doing what it is doing, and I will start to tell them, then I stop paying attention. Had this happen a couple of days ago, and Gypsy promptly beached early. So I got to drive ANOTHER lesson home "See, and that's what happens when you don't keep your eye on your dog the WHOLE TIME!"
Here's a funny. I do some long lining and cold blind work at Sampson State Park. After a good workout, I'll turn Omar and Yank loose to just be dogs for a bit. Well, one time last week, Omar gets all excited and just LINES out, ya know, like I sent him on "back" or something. I tried calling him back, no good, he was FTB in a beeline for...nowhere. Or so I thought.
Then he screetches to a halt, scoops something up, and comes racing back to deliver me (perfect delivery, too, I might add)...somebody's empty they tossed in the grass.
I GOT OMAR TRAINED!!!
Lisa - "Good boy, Omar. Next time bring me a full one."
I voted other. I do all of those except 4, and more. Nobody would listen to my advice at this point anyway, so why worry. The justonemorezee could easily be the justtwomorezee. As with most good things in life, its hard to know when to stop, or stop when you know you should.
while all those fit on occasion, I think the thing I do the most that I am trying to correct is 100% success.
I set up structurest that allow the dog to fail, rather than guarantee success.
Example - I am introducing an obstacle to double T - big board in teh middle. I take dog back to my usual starting point and send her. she runs around it. Duh. That's the smart thing, that's what I would do if there was a 3 foot wall in front of me. so then move the starting line and teach about walls. duh..
Right now, we have 3 young dogs at various stages of training. I kick myself all the time for training over their head and not breaking down a concept for them instead of running the same way we run the older dogs on it.
Slowing down casting, not quick enough on the whistle or too quick on the whistle, not lining the dog up straight, fumbling with too many training items (they should make the tritronics controls for wingers in colors or something), not switching gears for different dogs especially with casting, and sometimes talking and handling the dog to the wrong bush on a blind.