Wednesday, 21 February 2018

New Year be damned! What's your training resolution?

Did you set a new year's dog training resolution last month? How is it going..... For most people (hopefully not you!) we set huge goals in January, don't write them down and by February we've forgotten what the plan was.

The problem is that saying you will have do something "this year" is very vague. And it gives you months and months to do it.

So it never really gets done.

One of my wonderful clients (hi Laura) has been making amazing progress with her challenging and adorable lurcher Roman this year. 
Her secret?

We talked through what her most important goals were and why they mattered. We picked ONE to focus on for the next 12 weeks (there's plenty of year left for the other goals). Our big focus right now is helping Roman to travel

We broke down the goal into all the essential stages, and Laura wrote a plan that meant she would work on those training tasks regularly every week.

My big vision:
For Roman to be calm and confident on car journeys of varying lengths, including vet trips or classes. For us all to be able to go out together for trips and visits.

Three Key Goals that will help me work towards the vision, and are achievable within 12 weeks
1. For Roman to be able to travel longer distances in the car, without getting anxious and to be more relaxed about visiting new places.
2. For Roman to be less anxious about going to and being handled by Vet.
3. For Roman to be more settled in the car on his own.

What actions do I need to take to help achieve these goals?

  • Relaxation Protocol to help Roman relax on mat and give him a purpose in new places
  • Introduce new drives and increase length
  • Take different routes on drives to and from walks
  • partner and I to get out of car on drives and increase time and distance from car
  • Relaxation Protocol in the car
  • Outside Relaxation Protocol after a drive
  • Regular drives to vet, then getting out in car park, then going in to reception without treatment

An online weekly diary plus regular Skype calls keeps them on track, and lets us adjust the plan as needed.

Result - Laura and Roman have already achieved more in the last 5 weeks than they did in 6 months last year. And they didn't start until 19th January!

I can't wait to see them both at a Rehab Club so we can make progress on the next big goal - how Roman copes around other dogs.

If you're working with us for training or behaviour, we can help you set those goals and work towards them consistently - just book a Skype call with Morag or Clare.

What's happening in WCC world?
It's been another amazing week at WCC and I just can't fit everything into one post. So you can find out more in the links!

If you want to have more fun with your dog, don't forget to sign up for Sian's Parkour workshop on Sunday 25th March . You can apply for a place HERE  If you have applied don't worry, we're working our way through them all and will be in touch asap!

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