WE PLANT THE "SEEDS OF IDEAS" IN DOG OWNERS MINDS - THESE IDEAS EVENTUALLY BLOSSOM INTO A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF DOG BEHAVIOUR - Sally Hopkins
WE PLANT THE "SEEDS OF IDEAS" IN DOG OWNERS MINDS - THESE IDEAS EVENTUALLY BLOSSOM INTO A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF DOG BEHAVIOUR - Sally Hopkins

TRAINING BY YOURSELF OR WITH A FEW FRIENDS

 

LOCATION

 

There are many places where you can train your dog to do Dog Games -

  • In your garden
  • In a local field or park
  • Any place where you feel confident that you will not be disturbed while working with your dog

The main consideration is that it there should be no visual distractions around that may break your dog's concentration and interest in playing with you. There should be NO passing traffic, pedestrians, loose dogs that may come over to "say hello" at an awkward moment, members of your family suddenly appearing, etc. See “Where and When to Train Dog Games”.

 

WHAT YOU WILL NEED - https://www.dog-games.co.uk/training/dog-games-training/leaflets-forms/

 

You will need to print out the following: -

  • A “Summary of the Game”  (from link above) that you wish to train for
  • An "Entry Form”  or a dog's “Training Record Sheet” to keep to record of your dog’s progress in each session
  • Check the Game's “Equipment Needed” to make sure you have everything you need

 

TRAINING

 

A training session consists of a maximum of five attempts in a row, with both the Handler and the Helper/witness making sure that the dog does not become too tired or over excited. Step-by-step instructions of how to train each of the Games can be found on our web site. Remember to record the dog's progress on the Trainers Record Sheet so that you know where you finished off on the previous training session.

 

PASS

If this is your dog's very first entry of any Dog Games and it successfully passes the Stage, fill in the Owner’s section of the First Entry Form also recording the completed Stage of this Game. Your details could be entered onto a website that is participating in these Games.

 

For all subsequent entries to Dog Games, fill in the Trainer’s Record Sheet for your dog or the Main Entry Form. When using the Main Entry Form, the rule is to use one line on the entry form for each successful attempt.

 

Do not be tempted to do another stage of this Game for at least an hour. Let your dog go and relax somewhere quiet and let it get its breath back so it can Latently Learn – https://www.dog-games.co.uk/behaviour/memory/latent-memory/ . Ideally, dogs should have one Dog Games session a week, as doing the Games too often can make the dog bored with the exercises – keep your dog keen so that it wants to play next time, but don’t over do it.

 

FAIL

If your dog doesn’t complete an exercise, you do not have to complete a form. Please do not worry if your dog is unable to do the stage within the five attempts. Always try to finish the session on a good/positive note asking the dog to do something that it feels happiest doing, so that it can go and rest without feeling that it has displeased you or “failed”. 

 

Don’t regard the test as a failure – look at it as a learning opportunity for you and your dog. It has highlighted an area of the dog’s training that needs more practice or a different approach as to how it is trained. Stand back and assess where the dog went wrong and make plans for how you can train the dog to understand what you want it to do in later training sessions.

 

Maybe the dog has not yet grasped what it should be doing and you have asked the dog to do a stage before it is capable of succeeding. Or it could have been distracted and unable to concentrate on what it was doing – were you able to do the test under the correct conditions for the level it was attempting?

 

This web site has been written by Sally Hopkins (unless the author of the web page is stated otherwise).

 

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