Yes ....I was thinking last night and about where you live in conjunction with training classes for Mr. B.........here's what I was thinking......wouldn't it be great if someone did a weekly training post on DT ...........some of us are real good at this stuff......this someone could start with the most basic ...and then progress each week with something new..........hopefully someone has their ears on and might volunteer for this weekly thread .............when you think about it ...this is basically what is happening in training classes that we travel to....we are taught a few things......then sent home to practice all week......when we go to classes again the trainers reinforce the previous lessons....then add something new........anybody out there interested in this ...............hummmmmm?
It's a good enough idea LadyDi except that DT has an entire forum devoted to training with multiple threads that provide a lot of information on how to train specific bits and pieces and multiple ideas about how best to train and/or what has worked for them in the past.
I've been training a variety of dogs (mostly Dobes for years and actually back in the very distant past apprenticed under a very talented trainer) but I do best with someone asking a question about HOW to get a dog to do this or that or how to start training for particular results.
I got to thinking about this recently when I was trying to find something I'd responded to back in 2008 or 2009 about teaching a dog to back up in heel position (it's an exercise first encountered in a class for Advanced Rally).
And then got to talking about it with my friend Nancy (she has shown most of my dog in Obedience, Rally and Agility for years--I train 'em and she practices with them for awhile until they are working for her and puts the titles on them. And we realized in the course of the conversation just how many trainers don't teach footwork they way it used to be universally trained. One of the simplest ways of cueing a dog for either staying or coming with you (that you'll never lose points for in competition) is to ALWAYS take the first step with your left foot if the dog is supposed to go with you (as in heeling) and ALWAYS take that first step with your right foot when the dog is supposed to stay (as in leaving in a sit or leaving to do a recall).
And it should properly go into the regular training forum rather than the chicken thread (or at least that's what I think) since a lot of people don't look at the CT but do check the training thread or health thread or whatever.
If someone comes up with a great training tip for that week and wanted to post it that would be fine too--but know I'm far better at taking a question and answering it with specifics on how to and when to than taking a topic and laying out a training plan.
What do you think?
Auntie Bug the reluctant lesson planner