The Herding Log Book
Over the years I have found it very useful to record my training with my dog for a numbers of reasons. Like anything you wish to get better at, knowing your strengths and weaknesses in the beginning is a genuine asset and an important part of establishing your training goals.
Professional athletes, successful business people, and virtually any successful individual has established a plan for goals they wish to accomplish. You certainly don’t have to log your training but it will improve your game.
For example – if you have an excellent DOWN on your dog, then it might not be as large a part of your future training goals as something else that he isn’t good at. Or if your dog is a naturally WIDE working dog that orbits sheep, this might be an important thing to set a goal towards getting the dog to come in closer to work or vice versa.
Logging your sessions and making plans for your next training session is the key to progressing at a rate realistic to your goals.
It is much more fair to your dog if you are prepared for your training session. It also makes a difference to your trainer if you do take classes if you come prepared with a lessons plan. A good lesson plan should be based on your past training efforts and some evaluation of your training success last session. There is a great section in the log to help you assess your training session that you should fill in after each training. This helps you evaluate what worked and what didn’t work, what you should focus on in your next session and more great keys to creating better goal success.
The log book will soon be available through Lulu books .com and the link will be ready for you to order directly through them.
Have a peek at some sample pages below.