Great dog trainers work as much on prevention of bad behaviors being learned as on the good behaviours being taught. Having a criteria location in your training arena is essential for this to occur.
Quality training involves short bursts of training intermingled with down-time, which is key to maintain high-drive, both mental and physical, throughout a session. Maintaining a position and displaying self-control are important skills in the agility dog, as well as the great pet dog, and this is built into the down-time so it is not wasted training time.
By having a defined self-control position, we can prevent undesirable behaviours […]