Training Schedule - How Many Tricks/commands At A Time?

Discussion in 'General Dog Training' started by Appy, May 10, 2011.

  1. Appy Member

    Firstly - not sure whether this should be in tricks or general but I put it here as it refers to any training cue.

    I'm currently working on a few things, and am attending a tricks class each week. This means that I've got a lot of behaviours being trained at the same time, so I was wondering -

    How many behaviours do you train concurrently?
    and
    How many do you focus on per session?
    and
    Do you split behaviours/tricks between sessions?

    I was thinking I might say train 2 in a morning session and a different 2 in the evening or something like that? I have been tending to refresh already learned behaviours in the morning but wonder about how many one should focus on each session......

    Thanks everyone :)
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  2. sara Moderator

    I work on several in a session, as Oliver tends to get bored of working on one trick for more than a few minutes. But I'll only shape one new trick per session, as I want him focusing on thinking of the behaviours I want offered. I'll run though a few old tricks before getting the clicker out, then begin working on the new trick, then work on getting him to perfect older new tricks... if you know what I mean. But all dogs are different, you know your dog best, and what he wants/will do more than anyone else. If he seems to get bored, or confused change what you're doing, obviously something isn't working.
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  3. fickla Experienced Member

    My training sessions last between 2-15min and I usually spend betweeen 30sec to a max of 5 minutes on one thing. I don't focus on if I'm doing 2 things or 5.

    I am comfortable shaping completely new tricks in the same session but only if they don't interfere with each other. So I wouldn't do pivoting on a block with front feet on in the same session I did rear foot targeting to that same block. Actually I wouldn't even do them in that same day. Or if I had 2 tricks that used a similiar body movement without anything to help guide the dog which one to do such as a target or object, I wouldn't work on the 2nd on until the first trick was close to being complete.

    Have fun learning your new tricks!!!
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