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Self-Analysis in Dog Training: Breaking the Rules, Training with Guts

Dec 29, 2023

Forget everything you think you know about learning and dog training. I did. In my journey, I discovered that one of the secrets to exceptional dog training is self-analysis. It's not just about command and response; it's a deep dive into the talents and drivers of both handler and dog. Let me walk you through why turning the lens on yourself will be one of the most important things you will do in your training career.

Self-Analysis in Training

Self-analysis in dog training is like stepping into the ring, ready to spar with your own weaknesses. Here's why it's a knockout punch:

  •   Transforming into an Active Learner: When you stop being a passive learner. Self-analysis challenges you to become the master of your own journey, engaging actively with every aspect of training. 
  •   Sharpening Problem-Solving Skills: Each training challenge should become your personal battle. By dissecting your own techniques, you can better craft creative solutions that no textbook will provide you. 
  •   Crafting Your Training Approach: Every dog has their own unique talents and weaknesses so does every handler. Through self-analysis, you can craft and adjust your approach to create solutions, that will elevate both yourself and the dog you are working with.
  •   Building Rock-Solid Confidence: The more you analyze your work, the more confident you will become.

My Guide to Mastering Self-Analysis

  •   Record, Review, Revolutionize: Adopt the practice of filming your training sessions and analyze them with keen attention. This approach is transformative, uncovering crucial insights and paving the way for significant advancements in your training techniques.
  •   Identify and Leverage Motivators: Gain a deep understanding of the driving forces behind both the dog and yourself. Use this knowledge to enhance the effectiveness of your training and to tailor strategies that capitalize on these unique motivators.
  •   Holistic Perspective: Embrace a comprehensive view of your training journey. This involves not only focusing on the immediate tasks at hand but also considering the overarching goals, your training philosophy, and the specific objectives for each session. Balancing the micro (specific techniques and responses) with the macro (overall purpose and goals) is crucial for a well-rounded training approach.

A New Paradigm in Dog Training

By integrating self-analysis into your training regime, you open the door to a world of deeper understanding and connection with your dog. It's not just about teaching commands; it's about a journey of mutual growth and learning. This approach molds you into a versatile and confident trainer, capable of adapting to the unique challenges each dog presents.

** Check out my Master View Path program to learn more about how it guides students in talent and analytical development, and creates graduates who become unshakable forces in the training field.