|Barked: Thu Oct 21, '10 5:05am PST |
|Some reasons for keeping a training log:
1. Goals. What is it you want to train your dog to do? What is it you expect from a fully trained dog? Where do you expect your training will end up? (true training may never fully stop, but when can you say your dog is a full SD?)
Steps in the process of reaching your goal. You will probably need many small steps to reach even moderate goals, many more for a larger one. How will you know when you have reached small steps towards the larger goal? How will you know where you need to keep working?
Encouragement on days when nothing seems to be going right. If you want to see progress, keeping a log will show in black and white where you started from, and where you are now in the goal process.
And a HUGE one, Challenges!!! If you are ever denied access, and possibly need to sue to make sure that it doesn't happen again to you or someone else, you want to be able to prove your dog is trained to mitigate your disability and not just an Emotional Support Dog. There are many folks that state their dog is a service dog but have no proof in court, so they lose their case. And you need to have proof in court, not just memories (and who can remember everything anyway?) to back you up. A training journal shows for the world to see that 'MY DOG IS TRAINED to MITIGATE MY DISABILITIES' and no one can dispute it.
PS: While classes are great and we are going to classes as well, I don't believe that was the intent of the 120 hours of public access because any dog going through agility, Rally-O, conformation, etc. will have a lot of class time, though I might be wrong, or it may be a part. I believe the public access to be more a time of actually being in a public setting and doing their job so they have it solidly and you have proof of it. Like in a store, at the doctor's, on a bus, at the mall, etc. Anyone else have any take on that?
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