Join Date: Dec 2008
Dogs Name: Enid, Jill, Lana, Callan
Dogs Age: 7-4-04, 3-16-11, 5-11-12, 11-11-15
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Perfection is objective and can be measured as 100% congruence with the stated outcome.
If you state that you wish to achieve 80% success in x number of jumps at a certain yps without dropping the bar at a given height, and achieve that, then you have perfection for that definition.
Just because someone else has a different subjective definition of the expected outcome doesn't make the objective measurement of achieving that outcome impossible. What is perfect fit for one person is hopelessly too small or too big for another. It is the statement of conditions and the achievement that must be crisp, clear and unambiguous. If you don't know what you are aiming for, you will never know if you achieve it.
Try teaching shaping to your dog. As Adara said, if you are trying for the final outcome without rewarding interim steps then you most likely won't get there in your own lifetime (reminiscent of a roomful monkeys with typewriters being able to produce Shakespeare's complete works given an infinite timeframe). The trick is to define the task correctly to determine success or failure - objectively and in black/white terms. Be clear.
the boys (rip): Cato, Emerald's Black Onyx, Emerald's Black Quartz
Owned by the girls: Enid, Jill (kelpie) and Lana.
Last edited by vivienne00; 11-26-2012 at 02:54 PM.