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    Does anyone else keep them or am I just a freak ?

    I'm keeping a journal tracking Batty's behaviour and training, including the methods that I have used or will be using to train him. I have an A5 size book with three different sections, one is just a general journal keeping track of how he behaves week to week, how many often he has tummy issues etc. It also includes when he has had Eureka moments . The next section is the tricks that I'm teaching him or plan to teach him, whether they are shaped or taught (luring) including all the methods that I am using. The third is a section for the plans that I have for my business

    I've been going back and reading through it and it's actually really good, I can pinpoint where he is going backwards, where he is going forwards and what to do about it, I can work out what works for him and what doesn't and it's easy to see where I'm going wrong with him as well as where things are going right so I can adjust my approach accordingly!

    Was just wondering if anyone else did anything similar at all?

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    No I don't Angela, but i do think it's a great idea. Keeping records of everything, no matter how small and irrelevant it may seem to some, can be very helpful later down the track to refer to if needed.

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    I journal a few different things.

    I did a journal of the mating, behaviour, eating habits and whelping because this was a maiden so it is there for next time.

    I have kept a journal of the progress of the puppy going to WA to give to the family because they haven't been able to visit.

    Did a journal years ago of my UD dog. Once we had finished CDX. Because I needed to see where I was going wrong.

    We used sheets and charts for the in-house training dogs so each trainer knew where the dog was up to and what problems if any cropped up during the last training session.

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    I do a journal for Ruby's seasons for obvious reasons

    I don't really do journals for training, because if something is not working....then it is not working and you have to change your methods

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    I'm even keeping track of when he has 'off' days. When his poop is softer than normal, when he seems lethargic etc. I'm also keeping track of the things that give him a bit of a fright, whether I was able to show him that it is ok or if it needs more work.

    I regret not keeping one for the rescue boy that's living with my dad in NSW. I am very proud of that boy and Dad absolutely fell in love with him. He's an angel for Dad (lives on the farm with him as Dad was alone for years before he moved there) He's a smooch now, but started out very fear aggressive. Dad can take him anywhere and he doesn't seem bothered by anything, even cars backfiring around him!

    I figured I'd keep one for Batty and can use the training aspect for the next dog. I plan to keep them for every dog from now on. Even fosters to give to their new homes so they can read about how far they have come and continue on with the journal if they wish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    I do a journal for Ruby's seasons for obvious reasons

    I don't really do journals for training, because if something is not working....then it is not working and you have to change your methods
    I definitely agree, but I wanted to keep track of what was working and what wasn't, IYKWIM?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    I'm even keeping track of when he has 'off' days. When his poop is softer than normal, when he seems lethargic etc. I'm also keeping track of the things that give him a bit of a fright, whether I was able to show him that it is ok or if it needs more work.

    I regret not keeping one for the rescue boy that's living with my dad in NSW. I am very proud of that boy and Dad absolutely fell in love with him. He's an angel for Dad (lives on the farm with him as Dad was alone for years before he moved there) He's a smooch now, but started out very fear aggressive. Dad can take him anywhere and he doesn't seem bothered by anything, even cars backfiring around him!

    I figured I'd keep one for Batty and can use the training aspect for the next dog. I plan to keep them for every dog from now on. Even fosters to give to their new homes so they can read about how far they have come and continue on with the journal if they wish.
    You know what...I think I will keep one for Rio

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    You know what...I think I will keep one for Rio
    I think that's an awesome idea!

    Then again I would too

    Perhaps keep track of his skin and weight too?

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    That sounds fun & a great idea. Something to look back on if you forget something, it will jog your memory - something you did to make Batty behave but you can't remember. Oh thats right, glad I wrote that down. And can be his life saver one day, too. Add some pictures of him along the way, make it a real scrapbook all about him, from day to day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    I think that's an awesome idea!

    Then again I would too

    Perhaps keep track of his skin and weight too?
    Oh I will....will keep a close eye on skin...weight...general health etc

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