When we learn how to read, we take baby steps. First, we start off with the ABCs, then we move on to Dick and Jane and, if all goes well, we end up reading Tolstoy. But it’s impossible to jump from the ABCs straight to complex Russian fiction, right? Then why do we ask our dogs to do the same thing?
Achieving success in foundation work doesn’t automatically mean that your dog can go from a basic recall in your yard to a recall when he’s chasing bunnies in the woods. It’s important to be realistic about what your dog has actually learned versus what you’re asking of him. It’s great to have lofty training goals, just make sure you put in the time with your pooch in order to achieve them.