Tag: training plan

Speed-BuJo

Speed-BuJo

I got a tip from the FB-group, to show some really quick-to-do spreads. She called it Speed-BuJo, and I’m so stealing that name – it’s a great name. And a great idea!

One of the first thoughts in my head, when I started Bullet Journaling, was “I’ll NEVER find the time to do this!”. I saw all the fancy spreads that you find on Pinterest and Instagram. But then I watched Ryders movie, and it calmed me down a bit. I’ve listened to his book as well, it’s really good for someone like me who needs to focus on what’s important.

I mean, I LOVE doing fancy stuff! When I have the time. When I don’t, I don’t. My Bullet Journal is a tool to manage my life. That’s it.

So, I’ve put together some quick spreads to help you start the new year! The most time spent on a spread: 2 minutes. 

I’ve used an old Rhodia Goalbook, I just cut out the pages I had used for something else (that I never finished).
Overview of the year. Perfect for things that you already know will happen – like big competitions, vacations, vaccinations.
Two goal-pages. On the first, I write down my three top goals: my WHAT and my WHY. On the second, I make sure that my goals are SMART.

So far I’ve only used a black pen and a ruler, and if you’re better at keeping your hand steady than I am you may not even need a ruler.

Personally, I want a bit of color, so I used some highlighters on my next spread (takes about 10 seconds):

My big goals get divided into smaller parts. From my goals, I decide what we need to focus on during this year, both me and my dog. Again, I pick three big things that I want to work on in a lot of different ways.
Every month get an overview, a focus-area, and a to-do-list.

That little splash of color is very pleasing to my brain. When I want something even more pretty, stickers take about five seconds extra. 

To the left, my session review. When, where, what works and what needs training. Both me and my dog. Comments on the bottom. To the right, a “step-by-step” for a certain exercise. What’s the end goal, what steps do we need to complete to get there, and a date for every step.

There it is. The beginning of my Speed-BuJo! Steal, copy, and change to suit your needs.

Moving into a Happy Planner

Moving into a Happy Planner

To fulfill my need of change, I’m leaving the “pure” bullet journal system for a while – I’m going to try a combination of a happy planner, business planner and my “happy book” for everything else.

I got the happy planner mini. I’m a bit worried, as I start planning it feels a bit small, but on the other hand, I wont’t have as much in there as I had in my Filofax notebook. So far I got this:

My goals for next year, and the word for 2019: Harmony.

A budget for 2019, to make sure I can pay my bills every month.

A collection of blog posts.

Monthly overview – preprinted.

My client workflow, and my client list. I actually have clients for 2019, but I haven’t transferred them yet 🙂

Project list and project planning. Again, preprinted – but with a little tweak.

And I will have weeklys and dailies when I need to, also preprinted.

I have absolutely no idea how this will work out…But we’ll see soon enough! 

 

 

New year, new plans

New year, new plans

December is always a busy month. Get Christmas presents, meet the family, cook food (not me, but others do), eat food (that I do!), watch Christmas movies, get in the spirit, and for God’s sake enjoy yourself! (Can you tell that Christmas is a bit overrated if you ask me…?)

I like the days AFTER Christmas. When all is done, there’s food left, I got some nice presents, hubby’s home from work, and there’s a whole new year waiting to happen!

2018 has been a year of changes. 2019 will be a year of settlement, I think. Settle down in our new home, settle down in my work, finding my routines. It will be a good year!

I don’t feel like competing with my dogs at the moment. We kind of hang out together, and I’ve been focusing on making our everyday life work. Now, I can have my kelpies off leash in the forest, nail trimming works, and we mostly hang out together and do fun stuff. Maybe I’ll take an online-class in freestyle. That would be fun.

If you are NOT like me (at the moment at least), but actually want to set goals and achieve something with your dog, I have something for you!

To help you get all your thoughts and ambitions in order, I have made two different planner packs for 2019. They are in Swedish, easy to follow, and the two packs are not only different in design but also in content. Look through the templates and choose the package that suits you the best. Or maybe you’ll make it a Christmas gift for someone special…?

This is the one I made for 2018, updated to 2019 (illustrated with dogs).

And this is a brand new one (not illustrated)!

From the illustrated package

Don’t forget to check out the other items in my shop. I bet you find something you like!

And if you need some inspiration and motivation, as well as some help with your structure, I’ve teamed up with a good friend of mine and we’ll be hosting a workshop together! Guaranteed to make you feel on top of the world 🙂 

Take it easy this December <3

 

The bucket game

The bucket game

Even though I try to make the life of my dogs as pleasant as possible, there is one area that I could improve: nail trimming. They cooperate, I can trim their nails without problems, but they really, really, really don´t like it. They put up with it because I make them. Gently but firmly. With treats and praise, but still…they would choose not to participate if they could.

Am I happy with that? I was once. I’m not any longer. I’d like to think that I learn more and become a better dog trainer as the years go by, and now I see all around me new ways to train the dog (or any animal) to freely participate in and have control over “not so pleasant” procedures that need to be done. As the animals get a voice, the right to say “no” and to be listened to, things like nail trimming, ear cleaning, taking blood samples, vaccinations, and so on, become less stressful and the animal freely participates. It chooses to do so to get a reward. It’s in control.

Yes, I know this has been going on for a while. Sometimes my mind is sloooow on the uptake…But better late than never, right?

For those of you who have only a vague idea of what I’m talking about, here’s an explanation of what I want to train:

1. The Bucket Game

As explained by amazing Chirag Patel: https://www.animaltrainingacademy.com/podcast/training-tidbits/chirag-patel/

2. Start button behaviors

The podcast Drinking from the toilet is always worth listening to, here with two of my friends: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/hannah-branigan/drinking-from-the-toilet/e/51441310

And if you have no patience, here’s the quick version:

Bucket game (my version, not exactly as described by Chirag)

  1. Teach a trick, like “put paw on hand” (or look at a bucket of treats)
  2. Add duration.
  3. Add distractions.
  4. Add touching paw, nails, pull on nails.
  5. Add do the same with a pen.
  6. Add do the same with nail clippers.
  7. Trim one nail.
  8. And so on.

The important thing is: she is free to remove her paw at any time, and that makes me stop. She is in control. If she doesn’t put her paw on my hand at all – we don’t play. Again – she gets to say when, and she gets to say “no”. It’s up to me to do this in small steps and make it rewarding.

Start button (again, my version)

  1. I show clippers – she looks at clippers – click – she gets a treat. We get a rhythm going.
  2. I interrupt the rhythm. She does something – anything. Clippers come out – click – treat. The behavior she chooses is her start button behavior. When she does that she tells me she is ready for the clippers.
  3. We build a chain. I put a treat on the floor. She looks at me > I put out my hand. She gives her paw > I pick up the clippers. Her paw stays put > I continue. She removes her paw > I stop.
  4. We build new chains for different procedures. Lift back paws, put head on chair (ear cleaning), put top of nose in my hand (check and brush teeth). And so on.

My spread looks like this:

We’ve come a bit further than this, I’ve started to pull on her nails a bit.

The training looks a bit like this, so far:

It’s really interesting to work with! For both of us, I think. I’ll keep you updated on our progress.

It’s growing!

It’s growing!

Recently I’ve seen a lot of new sign-ups for my little e-course on how to get started with Bujo for dog trainers. I’m delighted! That means that a new crowd of dog people has found their way into the interesting world of bullet journaling. WELCOME, EVERYONE! I hope you find something useful in the course, or here on my blog.

For me, bullet journaling has actually changed the way I live. It has freed space in my brain and boosted my ideas – and helped me organize the steps to get from “here” to “there”. I am calmer, more creative, and get more things done.

Right now, my mind is set on (among other things) renewing this website a bit. Hopefully, make it more interesting. A place to find inspiration as well as useful things that help your brain too. If you want to help me by giving some feedback or make a wish I would really appreciate it – send me an email

Spread for next week. Cute dog stickers from the Etsy-shop “a planner piece”.

 

 

Plan your dog training with a “projects”-page

Plan your dog training with a “projects”-page

For a few months now, I’ve tested my idea of a “master project page” in my work-life as well as my dog training. It works GREAT! I get the overview that I need, and it’s easy to see what needs to be done. Let me give you a walk-through:

And if you prefer to see the pages one by one, here goes.

This is the “master page”. At the moment we are working on recalls in the forest (obviously NOT the same as recalls in the fields says Midori), I planned a trick show that we had last Saturday (needs another star), I want to work on the bucket game and we did the Snoot Challenge (and we got featured!). Every project gets a page. As this is a Filofax, I can easily put in more pages if I need to, and the first page will be the “cover page” for that project.

The recalls are getting better day by day! For this page, I chose a simple layout where I just listed my criteria. It’s easier for her to work when it’s just her and me, so the last gold star is when it works with the whole pack (my other two dogs are on leashes – one of them is totally deaf and wanders off, and the other one hunts).

The trick show was a lot of fun and nothing serious at all – we represented our dog club at a big store and showed a few easy tricks to keep the crowd interested. For this page I made a “to do”-list, listed the different tricks she knows very well, and then I wanted to make an evaluation of the training after.

We’ve just started on the bucket game. She knows how to look at the treat, and I’ve started touching her. This – I hope – will end up in nail trimming on her terms and not my terms. I will also add a “start button behavior”.

And the snoot challenge is done! It looks like this:

R is for Reinforce!

R is for Reinforce!

All beings strive. Towards something, or from something. That’s basic behavior knowledge. A behavior that is reinforced gets stronger. Easy.

As a dog trainer – and sometimes teacher for humans – I use this knowledge to my advantage. I make sure that the behaviors I want to see more of are reinforced, and that the ones I don’t like get as little reinforcement as possible. There are two key elements to this (according to me):

  1. Identify the behavior. Way too often we tend to try to reward results, instead of the behaviors that will LEAD TO the results. It’s often easier that way, because we don’t have to think about the “how”. In my example below, I have put an R (Reward) every time I lose two kilos. Problem is – it doesn’t tell me how to get there. I need to complete this plan with a plan that reinforces the correct behaviors: exercise and healthy food choices.

 

2. Identify the reinforcers. A good reinforcer is something that the individual is willing to work for: most often something the individual likes to do. Eat, play and socialize are common reinforcers for dogs. I work for money (well, for what the money represents: things I can buy). I also work for praise, attention, appreciation, and the possibility to do things I like to do. Like coloring, writing, or checking boxes. See my spread below: I find it reinforcing to make them, look at them, and fill them in. It feels good.

My training plan (above) and my meal plan (below) identify the behaviors I need to get in better shape (walk a certain amount of steps every day, exercise, run, think about what I eat, and make healthy choices). They work with small reinforcers, enough to keep me on track.

 

And when all these small behaviors add up – I lose the weight I want to lose. And I get my bigger reward, from the first spread, as a bonus 🙂

Puppy time!

Puppy time!

Around me, my friends are getting puppies. Cuddly, furry, fantastic beings with needle-sharp teeth and a “go get it”-attitude. Some of them has asked me about what to track, what to train, what’s important, so I made a Puppy Planner Pack!

First out is Basic – what you need (in my opinion) to keep track of stuff, and – most important of all – get to know your new buddy. Five basic templates, designed to be used over and over again as the puppy grows older.

      

How to use:

Use them as food for thought, or – if you want to support a hard working business woman – buy them in my store and print them.

This is the first of three Puppy Planner Packs. The next one will cover the foundation of puppy training to become a functional dog in our society, and the last one is for those of us who love to train our dogs.

Is there anything, in particular, you want me to cover in the next packs? Let me know!

 

 

Out and out endurance – self care continuous

Out and out endurance – self care continuous

This is week three of my self-care investment. I’m proud of myself! 

As a reward and a kick to step it up, I joined Out and out endurance dog and training class. Not dog training – dog and training. Training me while out walking my dogs. Can it get any better?

 

Above: My setup for three weeks to come. Rörelseboken is about the dog’s anatomy and movements, to make sure that they get the exercise that’s right for them.

Below: This week. And a giraffe, because…well, I like giraffes! Oh, and fruit. I actually ate a banana today. I’m still alive.

My setup for the three training sessions recommended in Out and out. It’s Tuesday today, and I’ve been out running! For real! My dogs couldn’t believe it…And the stickers I’m currently obsessed with.

And last but not least I present to you…Proof! A picture from today’s run!

To be continued…

Goodbye June, welcome July!

Goodbye June, welcome July!

I sat this morning on the front porch with my coffee and my Bullet journal. The dogs were in the grass, resting. My husband still sleeping. A moment just for me.

I really enjoy my morning routine. I love to start my day by looking at what I need to do, updating my list, checking ahead. Making sure I don’t miss anything, that everything gets done in time. It’s a great start that gives me motivation and reduces stress.

Looking back at June, it has been a stressful month – the last weeks of school, buying one house and selling another, and the eldest dog got sick (she’s well now!). So I made a “goodbye June, welcome July” that included feelings I want to leave behind and replace with new feelings.

Kind of like an affirmation: repeat it and my brain starts to believe it. Out with the old, in with the new. Oh, and my theme for July is butterflies 🙂

I’ve started my planning for July. Social media got a tracker, to see how often I post. I’d like to post at least five times/week.

On my master task list is a lot of fun stuff, and on my feel-good list I have three portraits that I’ve wanted to paint like forever – one of each dog.

Some pep talk for being my own boss, and a plan for how to get money. Unfortunately, I still need to pay for food and things. And a view of the month. The focus for July is moving from one house to another, and rebuilding my websites to make them suit my needs even better.

And I’m doing the BohoBerry challenge in July! It’s all about creativity, lots of fun!

And I still love my pink Filofax…