Making sure the puzzle fits - part 2
I explained in part 1 of this series, that when I am trying to train a behavior, my job is to put the puzzle together for the dog, piece by piece, until I have assembled enough of the puzzle that the dog sees the same picture I do.
In part 2 - I want to describe the typical way I go about putting the puzzle together because where you start and how you progress certainly influences the learning process, and often influences the end result.
For this article, I will use a generic behavior - apparently a dog doing something fancy with crossing. In future articles, you will see how this model applies to training specific behaviors.
Here are all the pieces assembled - and the full article explains why this order matters and what types of exercises you are doing for each piece.