When trouble comes in training (Part 2) by admin | Nov 16, 2015 | Basic Training Lessons for Retrievers | 25 comments [Scroll to the bottom to leave a comment.] 25 Comments Dan on February 27, 2016 at 11:13 pm I know this is a late post on getting into trouble but, I went back to this post for help/support. The important thing I take from this is keep a good attitude even if it means to simplify something not only for the dog but me as well. When I get upset, even though I try to hide it from the dog, she picks up on it and gets more confused. She is super sensitive so I must finish with something that makes me happy as well because that’s important for her to please me. Must end on a positive. If it’s something I can’t figure out, I get help from an experienced trainer. TY Reply Don McGowan on March 1, 2016 at 10:03 am Positive attitude feed positive outcomes, especially when training. The pups have an ability to pick up on attitude and perform likewise. Reply Susan Kluesner on December 21, 2015 at 12:52 pm Excellent points every dog trainer needs to hear again and again regardless of the sport. Reply Janie's Dad on December 17, 2015 at 8:55 pm Bill I just love your regular training tips. I’ve used them a number of times with good success. I started Janie at about 3 months with your “Training a Retriever Puppy”. She has really become a finished dog, better than any I’ve ever owned. She got her Jr hunt test title and we hope to have the senior under out belt with one master test by the end of this spring. I’ve done all her training myself with the guidance of a Minnesota trainer you know. Thanks so much for all your help. Reply Liz on December 15, 2015 at 9:22 pm Well said! Reply Mike Mollet on December 15, 2015 at 2:48 pm “You must have self-confidence. It is vital for success.” “You have to believe you can and will win every trial and every national.” “Fundamentals are the foundation to our success. Practice them often.” “You must learn to accept and make changes. Our sport demands it.” “You must never stop dreaming big. Your success hinges on it.” “Always, do what is right, with dogs and people.” “Always, be fair to dogs and people.” “Always, do the best you can . Do not accept mediocrity.” “Nothing can lull you to sleep and cause complacency, like success can and does.” “Don’t limit yourself to where our sport is now. Think beyond that, into the future.” “Are you committed to excellence ? Rex Carr Reply Scott on December 15, 2015 at 12:48 pm Good information. I have always liked that Rex was an advocate for the dog. His outlook on always teaching and being accountable is as relevant today as it was in his day. Perhaps even more so. Reply JOHN WELLER on December 15, 2015 at 10:55 am HI BILL,ONCE AGAIN YOU HAVE NAILED IT.EVEN AFTER DOING THIS FOR OVER 38 YEARS I COULD LISTEN TO REX AND LEARN EACH TIME HE SPOKE…YOU,MY FRIEND ARE DOING A GREAT JUSTICE TO THE MAN I WAS RAISED TO FOLLOW ,ALONG WITH A COUPLE OTHERS.KEEP THE GREAT VIDEOS COMING AS YOU HAVE HELPED SO MANY WITH YOUR,,FREE,,VIDEOS.I REALLY ENJOY EACH ONE..GOD BLESS Reply Paula on November 19, 2015 at 3:39 pm Thanks for posting these videos. I made many mistakes with the first dog I trained, but I’ve always tried to end a training session with something positive. Training our second lab now, the first one was 6 years ago and I wish I had the resources then that I have now. I think this one will be much better for it. Reply Don McGowan on November 18, 2015 at 10:47 am Bill, thanks for sage advice. Yes, I try to make all training situations a positive outcome. When the dog and I reach a impediment, I will modify the training session slightly so that both the dog and I are successful. My take away from impediments are (1) I did not prepare the dog well enough to achieve success, or (2) my training challenge was to great for the current training level of the dog. Both my mistakes, that I learn from. Reply Anonymous on November 18, 2015 at 9:58 am I learned it’s always best to end any training session on a successful (retrieve) note–no matter how simple a retrieve I have to revert to. Trainers, like canines, have off days. It took me many years to figure this out. Reply John Chiasson on November 18, 2015 at 9:37 am You don’t get this kind of valuable info anywhere else so keep it coming,please! My black lab pup is 13 weeks old so I’m still on the first video of Training a Retriever Puppy.Thanks Again,John Chiasson Reply Mary Lynn Metras on November 17, 2015 at 4:44 pm My 2yo pup not good about doing several marks in a row so we do singles first. Then do doubles etc. If I do a double & get a bad response say, I go back to single and repeat & leave it at that. Sometimes I have to leave it if he does the single correctly. Hard to make the decision but try & leave the lesson on a positive notes. Reply Nancy on November 17, 2015 at 3:07 pm Such good advice. How many times do we overface our dogs and go home frustrated! Reply doris ingram on November 17, 2015 at 11:21 am good advice..i’m starting out with a 18mo lab and have had good advice with an excellent trainer..but sometimes when we are home we’ve had little problems like stopping en route to eat deer droppings..i am trying to pick up and come up with a positive finish…we start duck hunting with a friend in 2 weeks..i’m the dog handler!he’s athletic and excited but also a laid back fellow! Reply Jeff Augustine on November 17, 2015 at 10:17 am Thanks for advise Bill. I just stared my 11 mth old BLM on single t and he is going to the back pile after I throw to it. He is stopping on the whistle and taking the overs, but he is concentrating on the white stakes on the over piles and when I try to send him to the back pile w/o throwing one to it he is wanting to go to the overs. When this occurs I throw one to the back pile then send him. So I decided to spend more time on force to pile. Hopefully a few more days if this will get on track Reply Bill Cannon on November 17, 2015 at 8:23 am Thanks Bill-good advice there. Personally, I have good patience with a pup that ‘wants to’ but is just a little confused or unsure. Where I, and a lot of others, get into the most trouble is when the pup understands perfectly what he is supposed to do but wants to test you and does whatever he can to avoid doing it correctly. That is where I have to fight to keep my temper and make the most/worst mistakes. Reply Anonymous on November 23, 2015 at 1:17 pm Yes, this is also where I struggle. When I KNOW he knows what I’m asking, but won’t do it. Reply Jim Lasley on November 17, 2015 at 7:57 am My thought is look at the concept first and anticipate trouble. Move up to slot and gradually move back. Reply Anonymous on November 17, 2015 at 12:42 pm My thoughts exactly. Unless you did it this way expressly to show how to get out of trouble. Seems like better avoid trouble by starting out closer to the slot. Then back up a couple of times. Reply Robbie Andries on November 17, 2015 at 7:35 am your tips are priceless to us as trainers of our on dogs.I had this very thing happen to me.the only thing I did different was before I put him up I shot the mark from the same place I threw the bumper from.and he went through the cover then I put him up. Reply Steve Shaver on November 17, 2015 at 7:15 am Hi Bill, really appreciate your videos. This topic is especially important to me. It is something that down inside I know is how I should handle these situations but don’t do it very often because I get frustrated and loose my patience. Your video reminds me to keep a cool head and think about what is going on instead of letting my emotions take over. It shows me that sometimes I am reacting totally the opposite that I should. It puts me in the dogs position where sometime the dog knows what I am asking but for one reason or another cant get it right. Cant expect the dog to hold up his end of the deal if I don’t hold up mine. This to me is one of your most valuable clips. Reply Judy Howarth on November 16, 2015 at 11:37 pm Found this clip encouraging as well..I have been working with this concept of ‘backing it up’ to the point of ensuring the pup achieves success in what I am asking(simplifying the task or breaking it into small pieces, etc) so we both leave the session feeling a sense of achievement, no matter how small.. takes some creativity and makes me think more intentionally while I am training…. Good stuff thank you Reply Phil on November 16, 2015 at 9:10 pm This is a very good point. I really like the point of ending on a good note. Thanks again for providing such help and inspiration on training. Sometime I get down when working with a dog and your clips have encouraged me to keep at it. Thanks again! Reply Heather Buchanan on November 16, 2015 at 4:57 pm Perfect timing for this video. I was frustrated with my dog not taking my casts. After watching the first video I moved up, made it easier & was successful. Before that when he was wrong I got angry & went home feeling bad. Not this time. Thanks. Reply Submit a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.