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    The phrase "a work in progress" got me thinking about our relationship with our dogs and how we can be inspired to be better trainers/handlers to get the best out of our "working partners".

    And then it came to me ..... how much "work" you put in will determine the "progress" you make. A simple philosophy when you think about it ....

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    yeah but it's got to be the right work.

    The wrong work just makes it all worse and the dog unmanageable.

    Fortunately for me, Frosty has me well trained. Slap on nose - no effect except maybe the honing of the dodge reflex and a bit of fear. Same with rolled up newspaper, fun game of dodgy and catch roll then chew roll... not much deterrent effect.

    And it ought to be obvious that scolding your dog when it is a bit slow to recall - only makes it slower to recall next time but I still see people doing that. Even people who can talk to you while they do it and you know they understand it's stupid thing to do but they're so frustrated they can't help but yell at the dog. Fortunately for that particular owner, the dog was extra willing to come to me. Yummy food treats, over here. See what works?

    Though I cannot explain why that doesn't always work on Frosty.

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    Well Hy, that's the idea of a "work in progress". The "work" you put in will depend on your "progress". It's all a bit Zen.

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    yeah but what if you're putting in a huge effort - work
    and you're going backwards - the opposite of progress?

    A bit zen - that would be meditating on the lawn in the backyard, while your dog sunbakes next to you, and at a subconsious level - improving the dog's recall response?

    However I did learn that our training skills - are a work in progress. rather than the dog's skills that we have trained (or it has trained in us).

    What might seem like a good method today, is going to be obsolete and inhumane tomorrow.


    Is that what you meant?

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    What ever "floats your boat" mate. Ommmm ....

    I just liked the idea of .... my dog's progress depends on the work I put in.

    No wonder I don't start many threads .....

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    yes, if you do good work you go forwards and if you do bad work you go backwards

    and sometimes you progress not at all for no good reason.

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    There is no "good" or "bad" work when it comes to your relationship with your dog. There is only progress ..... or a lesson to be learned before you progress.

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    My home is a Work in Progress... I work to keep the floors clean, and the pups progress to bringing in all the (new) dirt again !!

    (that is a very poor example, but I tried)
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    I always say to my classes, "how much work you put in determines how your dog progresses, how your relationship with your dog progresses and how quickly you progress out of my class", GSD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSDs4Ever View Post
    The phrase "a work in progress" got me thinking about our relationship with our dogs and how we can be inspired to be better trainers/handlers to get the best out of our "working partners".

    And then it came to me ..... how much "work" you put in will determine the "progress" you make. A simple philosophy when you think about it ....
    Agree with this 100%, as you would know.
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