Mike’s Notes

Notes for Q&A #91

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Any realistic guidelines for how far it’s fair, and realistic, to push Interval, Duration, Ratio??? For sure, it’s very important, but it’s also more art (no pun intended) than science. You don’t want to move into Ph 2 without being sure Fido really gets it, and part of the proof he gets it is that he can stay in position for a pretty long time. But what’s a pretty long time for each command? any rules of thumb, maybe on a per-command basis. those old ph 1 vids are very good, but they use puppies and don’t carefully explain Interval/Duration/Ratio. The amount of time Theresa asks for is really quite small. I am trying for more than that w/Honey, but I’m wondering how far it’s realistic and fair to push Duration and Ratio, in particular. In other words, I get the concepts but am having trouble figuring out how far to try pushing the envelope before moving into Ph. 2I’m gonna experiment going fwd, and, hopefully, make some short vids.

This is 1st time I used a SmartPhone (Ingrid’s) to make vids. To meet w/Ingrid’s immediate situation w/JHoney, we have been working on Leash Manners (w/a ‘Honey. Let’s Go.’ to begin a walk), sitting and waiting at the door, going to place, coming when called. I have advised Ingrid to remain in Phase 1 and focus on internalizing (aka, making automatic Timing, Command Structure, Leash Ninja (esp. diff bt, finger pumps and pulling on leash), Situational Awareness/Safety. I’ve emphasized how great it would be for her to do a bit of training at home – which I’ve described in writing and demo’d and she’s recently begun to do it. I’m doing some Phase 2 stuff (Escape) on my own. Honey is a sweet, obedient, attentive, submissive dog, so I am being extra careful. I also have been explaining to Ingrid why it’s necessary to move beyond Phase 1 if she wants Honey to be both freer (like off-leash) and safer. She loves Honey and the word ‘punishment’ is a real bugaboo. ASAP we are gonna sit down and do a lecture/walkthrough of exactly what’s involved in Ph. 2.. I figure that now is the time to tag along on walks, observe, and critique. This is our first such session. It’s broken into 4 brief vids: 2 are outward bound and 2 are inward bound. My biggest takeaway has been – like Mike sez – chunk it, be patient, and positive every step of the way. Next time, I’m gonna do a slow, methodical indoors walkthrough w/Ingrid before heading outside and, maybe shut up a little bit more. Your criticisms/observations would be greatly appreciated.

Allie McCain

I am working on my homework and I am trying to figure out a way to make sense of this idea: trainers being accountable for their mistakes. For example, if I suggest an ARC for a dog and it turns out to be too much juice for the dog and I suggest a Mini IQ instead…. I feel like I should ethically replace the collar (in a trade perhaps). Also if I misdiagnose a dog or make errors during a session then the client should not be made to pay for that session…although this happens less now, when I was transitioning to FSDT and I received critiques of my sessions….. I waved them…. I’m acutely human and so mistakes will happen and I feel like transparency is better than self-righteous justification of errors, Can you unravel this in your YODA way?

Allie McCain

Regarding the homework, I really like your badge idea to show proof that trainers actually understand what the concepts in the code of conduct mean. I wonder if it would appropriate to define terms (LIMA, opp. conditioning, various forms of aggression) in the code of conduct so that the public will have a baseline for terms their FSDT might use, the problem I saw with both was that there wasn’t a clear “practice what you preach” model…I think the code of conduct should reflect the integrity of the systems and the people practicing them. Is the code of conduct meant to act as a standard of operation and proof of education to protect dogs and clients? Is it about proof of education or behavior or both?