Q: Should I keep records of my training sessions?
A: Keeping a record of your training will help you know exactly what you've trained and exactly how your dog is performing. Keeping records can only help you. If something isn't working, a record lets you go back and figure out why. It helps you see, objectively, what's happening.
Suggested fields for training records include:
- behavior being trained
- session start and end times
- specific criteria for the session
- number of responses/number of errors
Although recording your data between sessions does take time, using that information to evaluate your last session and plan your next one enables you to make your training more efficient. In particular it helps prevent you from spending either too much or too little time on any one criterion as you work with your dog to perfect a behavior.