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Bullet Journal dog training plan: front paws up!

Bullet Journal dog training plan: front paws up!

One of the first things I taught Midori when she was a puppy, was to put her paws on a pot and circle with her hind legs. I did that to teach her multiple things: interact with a (metal) object, learn the shaping game, use her paws, balance, strength, get to know her back end, and it is a good movement in obedience training.

She looked like this (12 weeks old):

Now, when we are training Parkour, the behaviour resurfaces as “front paws up” and is a really easy and fun behaviour to train. But how do you start?

To help you out, I made a spread in my Bullet Journal Feel free to steal my ideas!

I started with the goal. What does it look like? Then an inventory: does my dog need any prior knowledge? After that: what equipment do I need?

Then I made a step by step description and made checkboxes. For my dog, step three is not necessary – but that depends on how you train!

On the other page, I made a tracker for seven days. This is an easy trick, and training ten minutes every day gets you a long way. I made it a mood-tracker, to measure how fun the training has been. And I left space for comments.

I like to have my training plan “at a glance” without all the text, so I made a staircase. I like the staircase, it’s a bit symbolic and it’s easy to put in more steps if necessary. For each step we are one step closer to the goal, and I get to draw a star (because my dog is a star). Also room for comments.

And then I end it with some ideas of how to keep working with the “front paws up”-trick.

We have actually trained all of these. Midoris favourite is the last one: close cabinets!

I would love to know if this was helpful to you, if you got any new ideas for training your dog or for a spread in your BuJo!

And if you haven’t started planning your dog training – your BuJo is the perfect place for it! Haven’t got one? Don’t know how to start?

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(And…it’s a perfect trick for cute photos!)



Rapid logging for dogtraining – what is that?

Rapid logging for dogtraining – what is that?

I am not made of time. I want my logging to be efficient. Especially for my dog training! When I’m “out and about” I need clear, to the point, instructions on what to do.

Bullet Journaling in it’s “pure form” as invented by Ryder Carroll, uses a bullet system (that’s why it’s called BULLET journaling). Short sentences, marked with a symbol that quickly tells your brain how to handle the information.

We all have different needs, and these are the ones I use the most, collected in my “key”:

The flowers are just because…well I like flowers!

I use different colours for my different dogs (or just the first letter of their names).

Different sports have different tapes, I mark the edges of the pages (not all the way, that makes your book VERY thick after awhile). No tape means that it’s planning in general.

So, as I plan my training, I use tasks. When I do the task I cross the square. If I don’t do it (it happens quite often), I can either cross it out (no need to do it, just forget about it), or I can migrate it to the future. Next day, next week, next month. That is what the arrow means. “I chose not to do this today, but I still want to do it” And then I need to write it down somewhere else (we will get to planning ahead tomorrow). That way nothing gets “lost”.

After every training, I do a quick evaluation: Are there any tendencies I need to either work with or keep an eye on? It can be that my dog lost position in left turns, or started before my signal at a recall, or was very interested in the grass instead of me.

What was the best thing (or the best things) about this training? This is really important to me. Most of the time I know exactly what went wrong, but I need to think about what went RIGHT! That is what I want us to repeat!

Were there any tendencies I need to either work with or keep an eye on? It can be that my dog lost position in left turns, or started before my signal at a recall, or was very interested in the grass instead of me.

And I make a brief “note to self” about what I need to think about during our next training session.

Thanks to rapid logging, all that takes me about two minutes. At most.

Yes, I know it says “Monday 3” and that is in the future. But I really wanted to show what my logging looks like, and everything I have is in Swedish. So I took yesterdays log and translated it.

This post in an extract from my e-course on how to use to BuJo system for dog training. It’s a six-day course, it’s free, and you can join HERE!

I promise that tomorrow my material will be original again 🙂





Two things to keep in mind when setting up your BuJo

Two things to keep in mind when setting up your BuJo

Today I sent out my first lesson n my free e-course on how to use the BuJo in your dog training. To do a good job I spend some time on social media, looking for ideas, reading about what people do and don’t do with their BuJo, what inspiration they want, and what problems they have.

From what I read I want to give two pieces of advice, that are my personal thoughts:

1.Think about what YOU need to have in your BuJo.

There are endless lists of stuff you CAN have, and people love to show you what THEY have, but the whole point is to gain time – not loose time. So choose what YOU need. There are no rules. There are no “have to”-s.

My monthlies:

Every month I make a few goals for the month and break the goals down to tasks that I track. I have my dates, my goals, and my tasks on the left. On the right you find my trackers – the first one is about how often I train. Recalls and position are divided into four boxes, and I mark when I train the different aspects of the exercise. Level B (behind the treats) shows what behaviours my dogs know in Parkour level B, what we need to train, and what I have on film.  And on the bottom right, a list of different parkour behaviours that I want to use in films.

This is what I need, this month.

2. Forget to be perfect. Just write.

The major purpose of my BuJo is to get me to do the stuff I need to do when I need to do it. If it looks fancy and pretty that’s nice, but the function is the most important thing. A daily page takes me two minutes to lay out, the perfect amount of time to actually think about what we are going to train.

This is a notebook and a black pen I found in a drawer. Nothing fancy. Four lines, the day and date, and five things that are important to me: what to train, why to train it, tendencies I need to deal with, what went really well, and “think about this”. It’s not artsy or coloured. But to me, it’s pretty – because it’s functional.

I have found that the “art thing” really is quite relaxing and fulfilling for me, so I have added more of that (as you will see later). But that actually is something else – that is about my creativity wanting to come out through my fingers. I know that so is the case for a lot of BuJo-users, and the possibility to be really creative is one of the things I love about it, but it is not “necessary”!

Let me show you an easy daily layout (two days, I quickly noticed that I didn’t need more space than half a page/day), and how easily you can use some washi tape if you want to “spice it up” in one minute:

“Wait! Didn’t you mention an e-course…?”

Well, I’m glad you asked! Yes, I did! And you find it HERE.  

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