ONR OF THE problems that face serious dog trainers, is that REPETITION is required to LEARN a particular behavior(repetition is the MOTHER of all learning "THOMAS EISON")....YET...too many repetitions creats "SIDE EFFECTS" where the dog either loses/weakens the "instinctive" part(such as in PROTECTION) or where the dog starts to "expect" a certain "series" of events which leads the animal to begin to "anticipate" his behaviors and starts to do things BEFORE we tell him in expectation. THIS is why TOO MUCH OUTTING "FOR EXAMPLE" will effect the BITE of the dog!..He "EXPECTS" to be called off!...so...as the decoys slows or stops fighting...the dog BEGINS to let go automatically.....or bites half hearted....ALSO...in dealing with CHANGE of position....if we change the position TOO OFTEN...The dog will begin to change the position WITHOUT a command!....similar problem I see in RECALL...as a matter of "lazyness" many trainers leave the dog in a "down" or other position....wait a sort of predictable ammount of time...and then CALL THE DOG!...This renders the "ABSTENTION" or "staying" part of the exercise "un-reliale"..because the dog "EXPECTS" to be called!...we need to often RETURN to the dog instead...ONCE the required "recall" is mastered.......many behaviors need to be practiced INFREQUENTLY...in order to avoid these UNDESIRABLE SIDE EFFECTS....of TOO many repetitions....
E-Dog - 2012 WPBTCA National Championships
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Act I, Scene IV of William Shakespeare's "King Henry VI"