TCFarmer wrote:To be honest this is the first time that I've heard people talk about SmartWork being lacking in detail. I think Evan does a good job of explaining things to the novice trainer.
How do you teach heal during the pre basics part of his program? He mentions nothing.
How do you stop biting?
How do you potty train - He talks about crate training, but no mention of any tips on bathroom?
How do you stop barking in the crate?
How do you stop dog from leaving the crate as soon as he enters? Or as soon as treats are gone.
Should I introduce the whistle as a pup?
How do I stop pulling on leash?
What do I do when teaching here and pup lays down on ground?
Evan suggests early CC to here if you've been following his program. he does a "lesser version" for the young pup - Don't find the threshold just go up until you notice a big improvement in speed, no resistance on the rope.
How do you know when your ~4 month old pup is ready for it? Is your pup 100% complying? Does he charge to you at any and all times? Or have you simply been doing the drill where partner holds and lure w/ "here" and a treat. Now 2 months later he's ready?
I emailed Evan to ask - I got more questions than answers and most had nothing to do w/ "here"
I showed him a video , one thing he pointed out to me was my bird boy was doing the walking bumper drill all wrong. The bird boy should always throw the bumper away from the direction he walks, helps the dog not run to bird boy. OK I said...
Then I thought *** don't you mention that in your book or DVD. Perhaps he demonstrates it that way, but these things need to be mentioned and pointed out so 1st timers can understand.
As someone pointed out to me on the crate/kennel thing. Apparently the lady trainer kneels down when giving treats and this keeps the dog into the crate. Sounds obvious now - why no mention. I thought she was just bending down to give the treat.
All I'm saying is, he might be a world class trainer, and world class instruction - But his DVD is missing tons of crap. I'm sure he must get some of these same questions over and over - You think he would put some info on a webpage or into his books.
These are not questions I need answers to, I've used this forum and the internet to fill in a lot of my questions. And there have been more. Sure he can't answer everything in his DVD, but I find nearly every session he does could have more "basic" info attached.
The DVDs are repetitive too, same video clips cut from one DVD and moved into another. No new or further info, just a repeat from the previous DVD. I also fall asleep nearly everytime I watch his DVDs. I believe his demonstrations are great. But lacks in pointing out small details or how to avoid common problems that might arise.
Christ Atkins short little DVD about gun dog training, is fun to watch. In fact now that I'm awake at 2am to let the dog out, perhaps I'll see what I can pick up by rewatching it.