Missions 1, 2, 3.

Now let’s get to the detailed work! By now, your dog should be managed daily and hopefully you are seeing a reduction in their general stress levels. This is where we can start to create training plans for foundation work.

Training should occur (ideally) once per day, five days per week. Give yourself two days off per week where your dog is managed and you’re not working on this – it will help to prevent burnout! There is no data that shows that doing these missions more than once per day increases the speed of resolution, so that should hopefully alleviate some of the urgency. 

As with any structure, the foundation is the most important part as it upholds the rest and it stabilises. If we skip this part or do a less-than-fantastic job, we will still be able to build on it, but we will certainly find that the foundation is cracking later on and there will be much work to be done to patch it up.

The first step is to build a strong base around the pre-departure cues and you may be surprised to know that we are not yet leaving the house! Just getting ready and going to the door is likely stressful enough for your dog and causes them to follow you, I’ll bet! 

Let’s create our first Mission and we are going to do this training plan without many of the major pre-departure cues to start. You may need to make changes depending on your layout or situation. 

Click “​NEXT LESSON” to review the upcoming example and use the space to create a new Mission for yourself. 

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