How to Make It Easier

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Playing with criteria is not always as straightforward as we'd like it to be. 

Sometimes we move from a successful step to an impossible step in a training plan and we panic. What now?? 

We create a .5 - that's what we do! 

Stop, back up, reassess, get your red pen out. 

Look at the most successful step and then look at the step that comes after, which is where you're finding yourself challenged. What is the middle ground between them? We call this a "split". 

Here are some examples:

1. Approach to 6 feet and toss food (dog is relaxed, no stress signals)
2. Approach to 5 feet and toss food (dog freezes and growls)

Split! 

1. Approach to 6 feet and toss food (dog is relaxed, no stress signals)
2. Approach to 5.5 feet and toss food (dog is relaxed, no stress signals)
3. Approach to 6 feet and toss food (dog is relaxed, no stress signals)

1. Approach to 1 foot and drop food in bowl (dog is relaxed, no stress signals)
2. Approach to 1 foot and bend to touch bowl (dog freezes and growls)

Split! 

1. Approach to 1 foot and drop food in bowl (dog is relaxed, no stress signals)
2. Approach to 1 foot and bend halfway to bowl (dog is relaxed, no stress signals)
3. Approach to 1 foot and bend to touch bowl (dog is relaxed, no stress signals)

See how you can play with distance AND your own behaviour? Find ways to make it easier so that your dog learns faster and without errors. This is where success lives! 

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