Much to my surprise, there was no nasty white stuff on the ground this morning despite the weather forecast. Today's success rate was better than yesterday, 41% vs. 20%. However, I still asked for too many reps with too many "failures."
I came up with a short list of rules to guide me in future sessions:
1. Follow Patti Mah's rule of avoiding the third strike. If Belle misses twice in a row, decrease the distance to make it more likely she will hit in the yellow.
2. Don't increase distance until Belle is successful three times in a row. And only increase it by 6-12 inches.
3. Place ten treats in my pocket. If Belle is hitting the yellow every time, use all 10. If she is missing quite a bit, quit after dispensing 5 or 6 of them.
This afternoon, we went out and did 6 reps with Belle starting on the board, and 5 of them were successful.