My biggest dog training weakness is lack of planning. Its my general weakness in life. And sticking to a plan!
If I tell you guys that I am going to get better at planning then I’ll do it!
SMART planning is key. If I plan too much then I wont do any of it. My plan needs to be achievable in the limited time I have!
Today I am working on Beg (core strength & balance) and Drive To Dead Toy.
Guinness will happily race me to his dead toy and his reward is running off with it.
I don’t mind this as he is getting a high value reward and I can recall a retrieve for food reward.
He will not run to tug a dead toy in my hand unless he has been asked to perform a high-stimulating behaviour.
His Beg is improving but he is reliant on me being close, but not supporting him. He will target my empty hand during his beg and hold it while I move the treat into the empty hand and reward.
I think I shall try to transfer the target to the empty hand to a target stick next to give him a reference point while I increase my distance from him.
2-3 minute session on each during our walk. 2 sessions maximum. Sorted!