QI have spent quite a lot of time reading and learning the sequence and steps around training a dog (which all seem fairly obvious) but progress is really slow. I take two steps forward and one back.
AWell that’s OK then, as long as it’s not the other way around! I cannot really comment on how you are getting on without actually being there, but your point does raise an important issue. You are quite correct in that the steps and exercises in training are quite self evident. We all use them to achieve a similar goal and the agenda for all is around steadiness, recall, hunting, retrieving, good manners and so on.
Where we can struggle is in the delivery of the exercises and our ability to teach and communicate with the dog. We are all different, our dogs are all different, our approach is different, as are our expectations. Some things are very difficult to translate from a book and we are not always aware of how we are behaving and delivering the training. I see it regularly with some clients who use whistles too much, vary their insistency and consistency, lose patience, fail to give clear and well-timed commands, rush training or fail to build on the early steps as they progress. There is always some sticking point in any training and it’s quite important to put in the time and work through it (or not, and accept the consequences).
Have a good look about how you are approaching it. Where do the frustrations lie and where does the training break down? Shift the attention and focus off the dog and look at yourself. Getting someone else to watch you is great for revealing Mike has been rough and game shooting, stalking and fly fishing for over 30 years. His passion is working and training gundogs in the field, with a particular emphasis on developing the trainer as well as understanding the dog and its particular purpose. He is an instructor with the Guild of Dog Trainers and coaches with Lincolnshire Pet Gundogs. He also runs Rutland Gundogs and can be contacted on 07803 617859.
unknown habits and it also helps you to be creative about the whole process.