Failure is always an option.

Written By: Jim russell - Jun• 27•14

Failure is a fact of life and when applied to everyday dog training, Military dog training, Police dog training, and even the training of hunting dogs, it is always going to be present and it is up to you to keep it out of your training session. Here is the solution you need to keep your training on the right track.

The old dog training saying “You get out of your sessions what you put into them,” is spot on. You need to document how much work you are actually putting into each training session, like length of time dog worked, what tasks or commands the dog worked on, and how the dog performed today so you can track the dogs forward progression.

Some of what i teach in my Tactical Dog Training class is for you the trainer to think about what final effect you are hoping to see. What do you want the dog to be able to do at the end of todays session? It can be something as simple as looking at you when you call the dogs name, or it can be more involved like searching a whole building for a person who is hiding somewhere inside and escorting them outside to be arrested. The point here is you want to have a daily goal, a weekly goal, a monthly goal, and a final product goal.

Keep a training journal so you can track the dogs progress and it will show you what training is working and what the dog needs more work on. Documentation is a powerful dog training tool and i hope you take my advice and begin using it. I will post a how to make a training journal in the near future to help those of you who do not know where to start with one.

With failure always on the horizon you would think that taking training shortcuts might be a mistake. Yes– there are shortcuts in dog training. There are techniques that will help you train your dog in hours instead of weeks. I have seen the best trainers in the world perform magic with dogs other people have given up on and the experience of the trainer plays an important part in this magic.

All that said, creating a tactical dog takes work. You do not want to skimp on the dogs training when you may be counting on its performance under stressful conditions. You want to put in the time, no excuses. Everything in life that’s worth having takes work.

I understand that my career in the k9 industry may have given me more time to work with dogs then you will ever have. I still do the same training as i am offering you and i still do a standard set of obedience exercises every day with my dog; sit, down, come, heel and stay. And i work my dog every day. If i only have 20 minutes of free time then that is how long the dogs training session will last. The best results come from training the dog daily and the amount of time you spend can vary, it’s the daily consistency that matters.

You can get your dogs training in by training every time your near the dog. You must train the dog to work around every day distractions. For example, when you answer the door, put the dog in a sit-stay position. When working on the car, put dog in a down-stay for an extended period of time. This is how dogs get really good, really fast.

So now you have a few training tips that will make dog training failure a little easier to avoid. I ask that you go over my past posts and like a matrix you can absorb each piece of the puzzle to create a dog training plan of attack. You will begin to create a system that will give you a direction to follow. Have faith in your abilities and remember that most of what you see here was inspired by the United States Military Working Dog Program.


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