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Old 11-12-2017, 05:59 PM
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All my dogs have been trained to one extent or another. Now I have Cattle Dogs. And if I know what's good for me, I'll get on the stick and start working on more than the usual sit, stay, down, etc.

Soooo, how do I make a training plan? What about going back over known material? How often do we review this?

My dogs are at two very different places. My Red Minion knows the basics, and a few tricks his foster family taught him so I wouldn't die in the first year, lol. My Blue was sold to me already titled. I have one more "leg" to finish her CD title, as agreed with her breeder.

Both dogs go for regular herding lessons about once a month.
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Soooo, how do I make a training plan? What about going back over known material? How often do we review this?

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What are your goals for the dogs? Start there and work backwards to devise your plan.

Going back over known material is always good as you train new disciplines especially when you end a session with the dog having a 100% success on easier material. Ending a session on a high note seems to add benefit for both dog and handler.

I think it's great you participate in herding lessons and indulge your dogs in their "roots".

Personally, I don't think you can train with your dog too much as long as your dog gives you their engagement and enjoys it and of course you as well.
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Soooo, how do I make a training plan? What about going back over known material? How often do we review this?

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What are your goals for the dogs? Start there and work backwards to devise your plan.

Going back over known material is always good as you train new disciplines especially when you end a session with the dog having a 100% success on easier material. Ending a session on a high note seems to add benefit for both dog and handler.

I think it's great you participate in herding lessons and indulge your dogs in their "roots".

Personally, I don't think you can train with your dog too much as long as your dog gives you their engagement and enjoys it and of course you as well.
My goal for them is to not start learning on their own. My Red can push doors, my Blue has figured out how to pull doors. A tired Heeler is a good Heeler.
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My dogs have two very different rates of learning... I feel like I need some sort of timeline, but am a little unsure about setting it up. Go by the slower learner, while the quicker one gets some extra practice. Am I thinking about this too much?
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My goal for them is to not start learning on their own. My Red can push doors, my Blue has figured out how to pull doors. A tired Heeler is a good Heeler.
Then grab the bull by the horns and get busy with them. Dogs find wonderful ways to fill their empty time but maybe not so wonderful for you.

As with most dogs, a well exercised dog is more content and less troublesome.

How far do you think you will take the herding?
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My goal for them is to not start learning on their own. My Red can push doors, my Blue has figured out how to pull doors. A tired Heeler is a good Heeler.
Then grab the bull by the horns and get busy with them. Dogs find wonderful ways to fill their empty time but maybe not so wonderful for you.[IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.dogforum.com/images/smilies/biggrin.gif[/IMG]

As with most dogs, a well exercised dog is more content and less troublesome.

How far do you think you will take the herding?
My Red is pretty drivey. We're now on our third training instructor, the last one accepted reactive behavior. And I couldn't keep up. He would eventually settle, by then I was sweaty tired and out of breath. Our new instructor has me working with him on focus at home, then he works with him in the ring. He's got a lot of potential, we're at very different skill levels.

My Blue, she's a dandy little herder. Very responsive and biddable (My Red is biddable too, once he gets his wig straight). She's easier for my skillset. Our instructor believes she's ready to go... Once I get more confident walking backwards, lol.

I'd like to title both, and am looking for another sponsor for ACDCA.
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