Training VS/ Conditioning:
Training is the process of learning how to execute a movement. While we are in the training phase we will not be adding multiple(more than 3-4) repetitions to our workouts. Right now it’s more important for us to teach our puppies what we’re asking of them to make sure they are safe and confident.
Proprioception, or body awareness, isn’t something that happens over night. Coordination, balance, and motor skills all take time and activity to develop- they are not innate skills. And that’s exactly what the training phase is for.
The other day I decided to try a new workout routine. I watched the video a few times and thought to myself, “I can do this! PIECE OF CAKE.” Fast forward to 5 minutes into the workout and I looked like a crazy person with arms and legs flailing in 8 different directions. The point: it takes time to develop proper coordination! Even for us humans!
How long should you remain in the training phase? Well each puppy is different so, I’d say as long as it takes! We’ll talk more about that as we get into later lessons. 🙂 Right now, just concentrate on learning the exercises individually in short sessions, with 3 – 4 reps, less if your puppy isn’t really ‘getting it’.