Anytime we are learning a new skill we are likely to make mistakes. Making a mistake is a very valuable part of the learning process. Unfortunately, society has taught us that making mistakes is a bad thing. It is not uncommon for a person to feel embarrassed, ashamed or stupid because they made a mistake. The idea that we will be perfect and never make a mistake is absurd. Often the fear of making a mistake will deter a person from trying new things. Now consider how we treat dogs when they make a mistake when they are learning?To access this post, you must purchase Truly Force Free Site Membership – 30 Day Membership or Truly Force Free Site Membership – 1 Year Membership.
Recently I came across this phase “Fast is Slow and Slow is Fast” and I was not really sure what it meant until I found myself saying it to my agility students. We were working on a new skill and one of my students was racing through the exercise and his dog kept making mistakes. I had him slow down so they dog had time to think and the dog did the exercise perfectly. Suddenly I understood “Fast is Slow and Slow is Fast”. I realized that it was similar to “Slow and steady wins the race”. When I explained my newly learned phrase to my class, we all laughed but soon it became a common theme when the dogs made a mistake.To access this post, you must purchase Truly Force Free Site Membership – 30 Day Membership or Truly Force Free Site Membership – 1 Year Membership.
Many people think that positive reinforcement, force free training is all about bribing our dog’s to do things. This is simply not true. Unlike traditional, punishment based training, positive reinforcement training is science based. Numerous studies have been done to show that learning is more effective when the learner is reinforced for desired behaviors.This blog entry is available only to Site Members. Click Here To Learn More about a Truly Force Free Site Membership (If you have logged in with a membership and don’t see the blog entry, please refresh the page)
Relationship experts Dr. John and Julie Gottman, as well as other well-known psychotherapists have spent years researching what creates happy marriages. These researchers looked at many different aspects of relationships regarding age, personalities and a host of other factors. However, at the end of the day, the most telling factors regarding the health of a relationship has more to do with the little day to day reactions between couples.This blog entry is available only to Site Members. Click Here To Learn More about a Truly Force Free Site Membership (If you have logged in with a membership and don’t see the blog entry, please refresh the page)