Relating stress to learning : all learning is nerve wracking

Relating stress to learning : All learning is nerve wracking. For many of us, us included, one of the latest stress-inducing learning experiences was brought on by the PC revolution. In our case, masses of times in the training process we were almost convinced to throw the painful contraption out the window.

At that moment, learning, and the power to think rationally, had stopped. There wasn’t any point in making an attempt to go on till the body had the opportunity to rebalance itself.

When you train Tommy, you cannot stop him from experiencing some stress, but you can keep it at a level where he’ll still learn. If you realize that your dog is excessively stressed during a coaching session, stop the session.

At that point, your dog’s ability to learn is lessened, and neither of you will get advantages from continuing. Examples are going to happen when Tommy just doesn’t appear to get the message.

They can occur at any point, particularly when you are working with diversions. Nothing that you do works, and you are feeling that you don’t make progress.

“What am I able to do?” we are frequently asked. “If I stop, Tommy will think he has won and he can never do it for me.” This line of thinking suggests that you and Tommy are antagonists, in some sort of a contest , for example, “you’ll do it whatever what.”

If you approach coaching with this attitude, you are cursed to failure ; at best, you may have an unrewarding relationship with your dog. Coaching Tommy has nothing to do with winning, but with teaching. You can move away from a coaching session at any point, whether you suspect you have been successful.

When you see that no further learning is occurring, stop! If you do not, and you insist on causing the issue, you will enfeeble both your dog’s trust in you and the relationship you are making an attempt to build. Let Tommy rest for 4 hours and try again.

You will find the light bulb all of a sudden appears to turn on. By having taken a break at that point, you give latent learning – the process of getting the point thru time – an opportunity to work.

Our advice is to give up coaching when you end up becoming grouchy or when Tommy starts to show evidence of stress. Konrad Most, said to be the “father” of modern canine obedience training, recognized the seriousness of keeping up the dog’s equilibrium.

In his 1910 coaching manual, he wrote, “Good coaching requires a kind heart as well as a cool and well-informed head. .” anybody can rule a dog by physical or mental pressure, but only thru the building of confidence by positive beefing up can trustworthiness and delight in performance be achieved.

Tommy must understand you as loyal, or he’ll start to exhibit highly-strung behaviors.

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