Start with the end
05 mei 2021 
2 min. read

Start with the end

When teaching exercises, always start with the basics. What the basis of an exercise is, we think differently in many cases. In our system we often turn the exercises around. In tracking, detection and search exercises, the end result is that the dog indicates where an object is. This can be done by indicate at the object or barking at it, for example. Many trainers teach the dog tracking, detection or search first.

We do it differently and turn the exercise around. We start with the end. This means that we first make it very clear to the dog what the end goal is. What will give the dog his reward. For example, correctly indicate to an object, precisely pointing to a scent source or standing on an object and barking. It is always important to first work on a good foundation before continuing the training with the dog.

Avoid disappointment by going too fast

Building out an exercise too soon and too quickly often leads to disappointment, frustration and making mistakes. Moreover, this quickly makes the dog insecure. When we train a dog for tracking, we first make sure that the end goal has been learned properly. For us, that is always the correct pointing of an object. This will give the dog his reward.

This basis must be very good and clear for the dog. Only then we teach the tracking to an object in small steps. The dog will then search for his final goal with a lot of motivation. Because he knows that this will give him his reward. By using the principle “Start with the end” a puppy or adult dog will use all his senses to reach his goal. Without his master telling the dog how to do it.

This produces the best and fastest results. Because the dog develops mainly himself in his search for his final goal.

About the author
My name is Dick Staal. Together with my son Sander I work daily with great passion and pleasure in our family business Dog Training Dick Staal. Sander's work is mainly focused on marketing, administration, customer contact and organizing seminars. This allows me to fully focus on my passion and that is training dogs, guiding people in their dog training and giving seminars. Since 1977 I have been training dogs on a daily basis. With over 40 years of experience I have developed a system in which we train our dogs positively with extremely fast results. I enjoy sharing this knowledge with other dog trainers and to see that they also achieve rapid success with our way of training. With my blogs I share this knowledge and I want to make everyone enthusiastic about our system. I hope you enjoy reading my blogs and that you can gain many valuable tips from them!
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