Tera’s Training Tip Of The Day

Tera’s Training Tip Of The Day: Develop Good Timing.

Arson King during the beginning stages of the Force Fetch
Arson King during the beginning stages of the Force Fetch

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.

Happy Training!

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2 thoughts on “Tera’s Training Tip Of The Day”

  1. Excellent points! Good timing is often overlooked…

    Good timing also is important when using praise in retriever training.
    Newbies sometimes use praise to urge their dogs and that can send the wrong message.
    For example, a young retriever is slow on return and the handler is urging “good boy, come, thats it,good boy, good boy!”
    In the dogs head he is being rewarded for his slow return. Think like a dog!

    Dogs live in the moment and effective praise is often the instant the dog succeeds. For example, with a young dog challenged to run in a chair or slot drill, praise the instant he gets through the slot, not when he gets to the bird. In cheating singles, praise the instant of correct
    water entry, not 60 seconds later when he gets the bumper.With an advanced dog, praise the instant he picks up the key bird in a multiple marking setup.

    Praise can be a key tool when timed properly, especially for owner-handlers who have a strong bond with their retriever.

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