𝗗 𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗧𝗵𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗗'𝘀.
The 3 D's are one of the most important aspects of successful dog training. When we are working on a training task, it's important to consider these things and not expect too much too soon. We can't expect a dog who has just learned down to do a 30-second stay immediately...or a dog who is learning to walk on a loose leash to ace his first trials at a busy park on a Saturday...or a dog who is just getting started on recall to come when called at the dog park during raucous play.
Academy grads are taught to build behaviors incrementally and gradually using plans that build on steps and successes. We first work on distractions, then add in distance and finally duration. We do it this way so we can be sure the dog is being reinforced often early on and will be eager to stay in the training game.