This week’s topic is generalization.

Before we jump into that, I want to give you a heads up that I am about to open up some spots in my Online Mentorship program: Zero to CD.

This is a program that I put together to help experienced trainers who want to get started in competitive obedience, but don’t necessarily have a lot of experience in competition or in obedience.

I was inspired to put this program together by folks who would come up to me and tell me they love the podcast, and they’ve taken classes, but they feel like they need some guidance in applying what they know and putting it all together into a cohesive plan… so that they feel like they are making forward progress toward a goal.

There are just a lot of moving parts to keep track of when you are preparing to compete, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed or worried you’re going to miss some big element. And if you are new to the sport, just not really knowing what to expect, what kind of challenges you’ll face and how to handle them, and what the best way is to use your training time. Something we never really have enough of, so setting priorities is critical.

So I put together this mentorship program that gives members a clear, step-by-step path to follow. What to train and in what order, so that the skills and games build on each other systematically, making sure that all the i’s are dotted and t’s crossed, but in as efficient a way as possible… and then I’m available to answer questions and generally guide you, and of course, we have this amazing supportive community of folks who are all working towards the same goal to help provide support and accountability along the way.

So if this is something that you are interested in, you can find out more by going to my website, or you can get to the info page for the program directly by going to ZEROTOCD.COM

One of the big challenges in training for any dog sport, and certainly obedience, is that you are usually never training the dog under the same conditions as you’ll be facing in the ring. So there are always a lot of variables that are part of the competition picture that is different from what the dog sees in training… but we still need the dog to perform the behaviors. Even though there is a little bit different picture.

What we are talking about here is the concept of generalization.

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