Building a training plan

Building a training plan is a very detailed task, and customisation for your own dog is critical. There are no cookie-cutter plans that will fit all dogs’ needs as each step in the training plan relies on the result from the last step. 

These steps should be staggered in length so that they are unpredictable but mostly under threshold. Why “mostly”? Because we have to push our dogs a little bit and avoid being too conservative while avoiding being too pushy! It’s a fine balance, but I’ll help you achieve that. 

Think of it like going to the gym and building a muscle. Here is the anatomy of these training plans:

Warm-ups & easy steps

We must start with a few steps that are well below our dog’s threshold – these, we call “warm-ups”. They are meant to be boring. We will also sprinkle these throughout each mission so that there is some relief and we can make it easy enough for the dog.

Moderate steps

These steps will also be sprinkled into each mission so that we are approaching the threshold, working that muscle at a comfortable level.

Challenging steps

We will throw in anywhere from 1-3 of these throughout the plan, just to push that muscle a little more without snapping it.

Each training session should be short and sweet with frequent breaks for rest, relaxation, play, chewing, or sleep. Try to keep a full training session to 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes max.   


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