I love this concept. I have been doing this while I am now working from home. When I have a work meeting that ends early, I crate all the dogs except the one I’m taking out to train. This makes the one that I’m training feel special and I get a lot more focus. I train for a max of 5 minutes, then go back in with them and they get a final cookie before I let the rest of the dogs out of their crates.
This has really helped me get some quality training without burning me or the dog out.
I have been doing the timed sessions for a couple of months. In my world I call it 3 x 2 training. I pick 3 skills for a session set a tmer for 3 min. The 2 is number of dogs. Mine sit on cots to wait turns. Dog 1 3 min send to cot. Dog 2 runs out, 3 min and repeat through the 3 targeted skills. Sometimes each dog has a different skill to work on and sometimes the are the same.
That is fabulous!
Since I am working from home remotely, I have a timer on my watch that tells me to get up and move 3-5 minutes every hour. I have found it rewarding to do a short course of agility (if it is not too warm) or a nose work session with Brody and Caera. Then, I go back to work refreshed since I have “reset” my brain by doing something totally different than the task at hand. It has made working from home more rewarding and interactive.
That’s great! Working from home has certainly changed the way I structure my training for sure.
I have done this by trial and error. The dog lets me know he is done then I wait a few minutes and he is ready again.
appreciate the modified pomodoro method with appropriate timings. it’s something i’ve been questioning myself about. FYI in case ppl like apps, there are plenty of pomodoro method apps for ios/android that will let you customize your active and rest periods… if you want to try it with the suggested timing disciplines.
I have found that any longer than 5 minutes and my dog starts making more and more errors. Timing 5 minutes has been great for both of us
Absolutely. I like the idea of ROI (return on investment) in training sessions. In fact, I think that will be an upcoming podcast! At some point you are getting less out of your time. In fact, you CAN have a negative roi. When you have a bad session or lose your cool, you can actually create problems and be worse off than if you didn’t train at all that day!
I really like this concept, and will try it with my dogs.
Got it Will use this concept now!
Interesting idea — but how about 3-5 minute training periods at various times during the day? I have found that if I think of training as just a short interval I’m much more willing and able to get it done. Its when I think that I have to carve out 15-25 minutes that I begin to tell myself that I don’t have time.
Yes, that’s my preferred option as well! Most people block off 30-60 minutes for training, so I wanted to emphasize that even in that block, you can break that time into smaller chunks. But I’m like you, I prefer spreading my 3-5 min session over the day, especially with puppies.
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