Let’s learn how to read these results now that you’ve done one mission.
Step 1: Track your data. Don’t leave this step behind! It’s much easier to do now rather than a day or two later.
Step 2: Check your observations.
Missions where 95%+ of steps are a breeze are a GO, meaning, move to the next level.
Missions where you see some signs of mild stress are a SLOW DOWN, meaning, repeat this mission again the next day to see if you get the same reading.
Missions where you see any signs of moderate to severe stress are a STOP, meaning, stop mid-mission and reassess. Go back to an easier mission or adjust the more challenging steps to make your dog successful.
Step 3: Assess your data. Do you notice any patterns emerging? It is likely too early right now, but after 3-4 missions (or repetitions of a mission) you might start to see reasons for setbacks.
Step 4: Create your next mission based on this one. Most students have to repeat Training Plan 1 a few days in a row in order to get a green light. This is very common! In fact, we recommend it just to build a strong foundation. We truly want to see a bored dog at this stage. If we see stress at this stage, we can already predict more stress ahead. Remember – it’s all about going at your dog’s pace, not yours.
What about all your pre-departure cues? When do we work those in? So far you’ve only seen shoes and keys!
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