Susanne Howarth

    I’m with both of you on the value of deliberate practice — a couple months ago, when I vowed to practice every day for the month before Blackie’s (successful) NW2 trial, I made it a point to keep a training journal of what we did each day, and to attempt to vary what we were practicing. We varied it in terms of location, element(s), high vs low, accessible vs inaccessible, etc. I also very consciously tried to ensure that we while we had some challenging hides, we would also have easier ones, to make the game fun for the girls.

    Having these on-line courses and forums to KEEP me accountable is also an important component of that deliberate practice, and the lessons Kim posts help ensure that I don’t get stale in what I’m able to think up for my girls to practice!