A good thing to remember when training:
-There are things that are important, and
-There are things that are actually really important.
Teaching my dogs to confidently and precisely back up onto objects is important to me because it helps their body awareness. Teaching them to spin left and spin right is important because its fun!
But, teaching them to have a faithful recall away from an unfriendly dog, a road, or anything I don’t want them near is actually really important. Teaching them to respectfully decline from scuffles over bones or toys is actually really important. For those things, it is important to be incredibly aware.
But, for all the other things… keep it real. If it’s not a life or death situation, feel free to take your time. Be patient. If you or your dog is getting frustrated, then it’s not fun! And if it’s not fun, then put in on the back burner for a little while, and come back to it with fresh eyes, a sense of humor, and a lot of treats.