I am not sure when I first heard this saying but I remember it and regularly get reminded of it !!!!
A classic example of this was taking one of our kids out who was learning to drive.
I had thought about where we could go where they would be little to no traffic. Moving or parked, so that we could get to feel how much to turn the steering wheel, push the brakes and press the accelerator.
In simple, I had planned for the fact we had zero experience handling the car.
Calm was maintained and both of us felt we had succeeded….. we were happy to go out again together under the same constraints.
This continued 2-3 times before we changed location, same setup…. and then we ventured off on a left turn only circuit.
We did not do reversing, parallel parking, 3 point turns. changing lanes… to start with… It would have been overwhelming and stressful. even in our lonely car park at this point.
We had a plan. …… we were working to and we were reflecting on our progress and adapting each time. At no point did we say “let’s just see “and head off to the drive-through. The prize we were working too on passing our test.
So why is it we don’t take this approach with raising a dog?
Somewhere and somehow during our evolution, we have decided that we can dog train without planning where and what will be happening around us
We do think like this with kids … we have sand pits, cubby houses, small basketball, and soccer nets alongside the full-size courts So the kindy kids don’t have to play soccer with Year 6 at lunchtime. I don’t doubt some Year 6 would love to play with the kindy kids but Soccer crazy kids would not. They want their game, at their speed, and at their skill level.
Now some people think dogs can learn by exposure … think french lessons or Zumba … successful for some, not all.
Then there are those who think you can train while on your usual walk. Think about if you were giving a presentation to a group of colleagues in a busy pub …. oh no I don’t think they are concentrating on your PowerPoint.
So we need to plan
- Where .. what else will be going on?
- What extra equipment you may need?
- what are the baby steps you need as a strong foundation?
- A clear end “goal” and then a breakdown of the steps to get there along the way. For each skill ……. get help.
- How do you plan to celebrate your progress ?….. this is critical to your bond and trust in each other when things get harder.
So if you are plateauing or not making progress with your training…. Reach out for help
It may be in your planning.
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