Smart Plans start with SMART Goals
First, what is a S.M.A.R.T Goal
This means that your goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Goals that meet this criteria will keep you on track to success while stretching your skills as a trainer and your dog's skills to thrive in your world.
- Specific: Simply states the end goal behavior that you want your dog to be able to do.
- Measurable: Should be something that you can clearly see happening.
- Achievable: Should be within your dog's natural abilities without asking them to do the impossible.
- Relevant: Something that will effect your ability to function in your everyday life more effectively as a team.
- Time bound: Realistic amount of time you expect to need to achieve your goal.
- Reinforce heel position in off leash games...
- Reduce pulling on the leash by...
- Encourage more frequent check-ins by...
- Reinforce heel position in off leash games by playing the Positions Game 5 minutes a day...
- Reduce pulling on the leash by using the U-Turn pattern on daily walks every day...(this goal would be more for the owner to form good habits but also works on pattern memory for dogs too.)
- Encourage more frequent check-ins by playing The Name Game in minor distraction environments...
- Reinforce heel position in off leash games by playing the Positions Game 5 minutes a day, building toward being able to heel together for 10 feet in medium distraction environments over the next 3 months.
- Reduce pulling on the leash by using the U-Turn pattern on daily walks every day, beginning in very low distraction environments to make this pattern become habit for both handler and dog before we begin the next training plan.
- Encourage more frequent check-ins by playing The Name Game in minor distraction environments by setting up a distance where we can be successful building toward being able to get automatic check-ins during the course of day-to-day activities by the end of this training plan.