I need a 36 hour day. I really do. I know people who have 8, 12, 15 and even 18 dogs. Most work full time. How do they do it!??
I am trying to draft up a weekly training plan and am having trouble. I have read that the optimum frequency of training is three times a week. I have four dogs, so that means 12 training sessions a week. If I want to take one day off a week, that means 12 sessions in 6 days, or 2 sessions a day.
For me a training session is when I spend individual time with the dog, generally hiking or playing, and building in training as we go. Usually it lasts 30-45 minutes. It can also be a lesson, say a formal herding or agility lesson. I’m not including very short 5-10 minute sessions I do with the dogs prior to feeding, once or twice most days.
In good weather, I go herding twice a week, and to agility once a week. So that’s Hannah covered, although lately both have been canceled due to weather and holidays, but I can keep her on those days and work on our own. But how to fit in the rest? Another 9 training sessions! It means training two dogs each day, plus taking the other two out for a hike together. That means three 30-60 minute walks a day for me, 6 days a week. I’m tired just thinking about it!
I spend 3-5 hours a day with the dogs, which means upwards of a 35 hour work week just taking care of my dogs! Did I mention I work full-time, plus have a bunch of other things on the side? No wonder I’m chronically tired these days. Two dogs definitely was a much simpler life. I’m really going to have to think things through to find a way to make this easier!!