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I think dog training is a blast – and that means I’m often bad about doing it systematically. Since my goal for 2019 is to be more deliberate about everything I do, I also decided that I’ll create an online dog training journal for my work with Barley.

This journal is really made to work for my thought process, so let me explain:

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The first page is a status tracker for all of your dog’s cues. It’s meant to be an at-a-glance overview of where your dog is at. Track:

  • Duration: how long your dog can hold a sit.
  • Distance: how far away you can be when you give the cue.
  • Distractions: can he sit at the dog park? how about the vet’s?
  • Cue discrimination: does he sit when you say pit or down
  • Whether you need prompts/lures/hand signals or not
  • Your body position: does your dog listen if you’re sitting, looking away, or lying down?
  • Speed of response: is their a lag?

I’m considering color-coding mine so that I can see red areas (weak areas) from a very quick glance.

This should help you focus on the weakest areas of your training, rather than just the most fun parts! I learned a lot by just filling this in.

The next 11 pages are a monthly calendar. Keep notes on specific training sessions here. I also try to track exercise and any weird things noted – such as odd behavior or symptoms of a cold.

I like using an online dog training journal because:

  1. I don’t need to carry around ANOTHER planner.
  2. I am never far from my laptop.
  3. It’s easy to erase, change, and move things if I realize I hate my current system.
  4. I can share it with you!