My Utility instructor said something interesting in class this morning. She was saying she and her husband believe in training beyond the ring. They believe to make the training more difficult than anything they will ever experience in the ring that when they get to the ring, the dog will think it easy. I found that so very interesting!
I agree with that motto.
I try to train in places where there is a lot of activity (like when I wrote about training in my neighborhood park with kids literally running all over the place, crossing between Murray and me for the BJ, sitting right on top of the articles, etc. Hopefully that would never happen in a real show but you never know.
My training buddies think I'm mean because I tell them to play with their dogs right outside the ring when I'm training Murray. They squeak toys, throw balls, and have their dogs leaping and jumping up on them all the while they are laughing, talking, squealing. I say "yeah but what happens if the only time Murray ever sees this is at a real trial?" Now he knows he needs to keep working even if everyone else is off having fun.
At the Barb Davis Seminar I went to she does the same thing with agility..trains scenarios that she doesn't think she will ever find on a course..for instance sending the dog into the weaves when she is at the opposite end..so nothing she finds on a course will be a surprise.
Belle used to love doing that! I could be 30-40 feet away and she'd do the weaves...loved doing the dogwalk like that too!Originally Posted by debjen
I set my jumps up for Open in weird positions too. There is a judge in Canada that likes to put the jumps in non traditional places. I want my dog ready for that. When I ran Haley in Open B up there, she didn't blink an eye at the scenario, while it threw some of the other dogs off.
Yep, I totally agree with that and try to train that way as well. However, I am not a stickler for perfection, and that hurts our scores. I should make him be better than perfect at home/practice. That way when the pressure is on at a show he could be a little less than perfect and still score well.
But I DO train in all kinds of situations. We were at a dog park and he did the Retrieve on Flat and when he sat in front of me another dog jumped all over him. Bless his heart, he held onto that dumbbell and looked at me, and finished as pretty as you please Talk about distractions!
I absolutely agree.
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Same for working on just the directed jumping part of the exercise in Utility. I have always been a firm believer in proofing!Originally Posted by nwlabs
I have always tried to create unrealistic goals for my dogs, and once I am 100% certain they won't fail, I test them.
Last night I brought Ruby to the movie theatre when MI-III and Akeala and the Bee (yeah you should have heard the lady on the phone 'Why do you need this information) was getting out and told her to stand stay and walked away. If she can stand with 1000 people walking by, screaming kids etc. I know she's got it. This was previously her downfall. I was very proud of her.
Also, living in the city it's great to train on the front pavillion of Walmart. Paved and PERFECT! A down means alot more to me there then in class.
Originally Posted by luvmydogz2much
In my classes I so encorage people to take and apply to everyday life the things they need. You hit it right there! Compeition is great fun but if you still have a dog without any manners, well.........................