Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Results update

DETAILS

Date
Did I train?
Notes
21/05/2020
Y

22/05/2020
Y

23/05/2020
Y

24/05/2020
Y
Pushed myself and Honey too far – some use of force applied
25/05/2020
Y

26/05/2020
Y

27/05/2020


28/05/2020


29/05/2020


30/05/2020


31/05/2020



SUBJECTIVE HAPPINESS SCALE (SHS) TRACKING

Date
Time?
Question 1
Question 2
Question 3
Question 4 (MUST be a negative number)[CE1] 
Total
24/05/2020
14:13
5
5
4
-4
10
24/05/2020
17:09
6
6
5
-4
13
25/05/2020
01:26
4
4
3
-5
6
25/05/2020
13:20
4
4
3
-4
7
25/05/2020
19:34
5
5
4
-3
11
26/05/2020
03:42
5
6
5
-4
12
26/05/2020
21:54
6
6
5
-3
14
26/05/2020
01:33
6
6
4
-3
13



 [CE1]Number must be negative as question 4 on the SHS is negative in nature which means it should deduct from the final score.

Change to method

Changes are highlighted in red

METHOD
·       I will track my emotions using the Subjective Happiness Scale (SHS)1 (Lepper & Lyubomirsky, 1999) 3 x day for a week.

· Emotions will be tracked at random points during the day. The time will also be recorded.

·       I will also track which days during the week I do or do not train Honey. Notes will be recorded for any sessions that are not positive. I am no longer tracking the time I train Honey.


JUSTIFICATION FOR CHANGES
After realising that my mood massively tanked after I fell into bad habits and used an aspect of force within my training, I decided it would be important to take notes of any sessions where this happens again.



How my dog feels when we train is important to me

One of the labels I would assign myself with is the label of "crossover trainer"

This term basically refers to someone who has previously used aversive training methods, but now employs the use of positive reinforcement but that does not mean I would class myself as a positive only or force free trainer.

I am a behaviourist, first, and a trainer, second, which means that, in exceptional cases, I may use punishment.

Either way, I noticed earlier on today that Honey sometimes gets anxious when it come to our training. Our past stressful training sessions where I have gotten frustrated, or sometimes even angry, have negatively affected her. Go figure.

So, today I focused on improving her emotional response to our training sessions by giving her time and patience all while keeping it positive. It wasn't easy, I'll be honest, but we did it and the progress was huge!

Just a few more training sessions like that and we'll be dandy I think.

If you wanna check out the videos of the progress and find out more details then go to my Instagram @c3dbatofficial