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Training logs in various contexts document training in a manner which allows for third party audits and performance assessment by coaches. Self coached training programs may find them especially useful insofar as they motivate a detached perspective.

In the context of service dog training such logs can be useful in obtaining accreditation from animal control authorities, venue operators such as airport management, school boards, and in the event of litigation.

Exercise for those interested in Training in America you may wish to prepare a training log and submit it to colleagues on WU via email. Date, time spent, location, tasks or work drilled, equipment, methodology are Obviously important. Also of interest would be number of repetitions, canine performance, and the reinforcement schedule.

Background reading should include articles on operant conditioning and canine training doctrine such as that covered by John Bradshaw in "Dog Sense" (2011).

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