As you reach the more advanced stages of a skill, you might be working on several new things at the same time.

For example, as you're learning down-stay you might be working on longer durations, different environments, new distractions, and faster responses—all in the course of a single week. And that's okay. In fact, it keeps training interesting for both you and your pup.

However, the key to making progress while working on several difficult things is to only introduce one new difficult thing at a time.

In other words, if you want to try for a longer down-stay than you've ever done before, don't also introduce a new distraction at the same time. Instead, keep the distractions to a level at or below where you've succeeded in the past.

Focusing on one thing at a time not only helps you analyze your training, it also keeps your dog from getting overwhelmed and frustrated.

This means, the best way to stack new challenges is to succeed at one before adding in another. For example, once you succeed at the new longer duration, then you can introduce a new distraction.

In this way, you can level up both your duration and your distractions in the most efficient and fun way possible.

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