We've been working on the dogwalk for nearly 4 weeks now. A few observations. Again, all of the videos are being posted here - Dogwalk Re-Train.
1. I'm going to do a 2on/2off. I had initially planned to do running, but I don't know if I'll ever fully trust the criteria, and as a result may ultimately slow Murray down. So I think 2on/2off may be faster for him, even though I can almost always beat him to the bottom of the dogwalk.
2. Training is fun! It definitely helps getting me to not hit the snooze button multiple times, as I usually try to do. And gets me excited to do something productive with the little man when I get home after a day of work.
3. Don't piss off the neighbors. Apparently they are not a big fan of early morning training sessions. So we're working on foundations indoors in the morning, and ramp work in the evening.
4. Love your dog, enjoy the process. I love how hard The Murr tries, and he is more and more accepting of my imperfections. Such a fun set of games we get to play with one another and I love watching his problem solving ability flourish and his enthusiasm grow.
5. Record keeping is great, but shouldn't get you down. I thought I saw improvement and went with it. Then I watched a week's worth of video to see that we were hovering around the 40% success rate for a week... followed by a spike to over 80%. By keeping track of statistics without calculating them, I was able to stay motivated about our training without feeling discouraged by a low success rate.