Tera’s Training Tip Of The Day: Develop Good Timing.
Developing good timing with your lessons can advance a retriever’s training immensely. Without good timing a trainer can undermine their lesson and confuse the retriever in a heartbeat. To develop good timing takes lots of practice, all things must be considered such as, environment, area lesson is being taught, apparatuses, and so on. When teaching obedience or force fetch timing of appropriate correction is imperative. For example, if one continues to pinch the ear (or pull on the toe) while the bumper is already in the retriever’s mouth your retriever will become confused and not understand how to shut off the pressure being applied. Your retriever makes these associations (how to shut off pressure) not in seconds but, in nanoseconds. A poorly timed correction can set training back a week or even more. Upsetting the apple card in the early stages of training will breed fear and mistrust from your retriever. This is not what a retriever needs during their early stages of training. A young retriever needs a regiment, routine, and outline in order to understand where they fit in your world and the world of retriever training. Calm, reassured, rhythmic teachings and lessons will go far with your retriever. Now I know we do not live in a perfect world and humans are not perfect, mistakes and poor timing of correction WILL occur. However, when it does, try to recognize it immediately, and rebuild what ground in your lesson it caused you to lose.