Re: How to end a play/training session
It's a less is more thing...
5 - 10 minutes of anything, end on a success, while drive is up, interest is up. Better to stop then than continue to a point where interest is waning, boredom is setting in, distraction is strong.
Folks who say they trained for 45 minutes...no, you likely bored for 30 or more unless you were really mixing it up and doing tons of play in between.
If the energy level is high, as it ought to be, neither of you have much more to give after 5-10 minutes.
"Putting them up" while still wanting more gives them a moment
while still in drive to think about it, lets the lesson learned "percolate" or set in, build a memory if you will.
So especially with a pup, two 5 minute sessions will teach more than
one 10 minute session. As they get older the threshold gets longer, and your mileage will vary with different individuals and activities,
both the handlers and dogs. If you know what you're doing and are excited about doing it, they of course will feed off of that. If you aren't that into it, or unsure of what you're doing, shorter is better too.
I swear, they teach us as more than we teach them. If it weren't so, I wouldn't still be learning. Just have fun, keep it fun, and you'll both learn, plenty. JMO
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