One of the most common things you hear as a dog trainer, or even as someone wanting to train their own dog, is that your timing matters. Not just the aspect of how quickly you do something, but also the order in which you do something that can make or break your effectiveness at training the dog in front of you. There are lots of different ways to train dogs, really any animal. Some methods I strongly oppose to and some I am a huge proponent for. But at the end of the day, whether you use aversives or focus more on using positive reinforcement to train dogs, the issue of order and timing will continue to crop up and not understanding timing will make your dog training journey significantly more difficult than it really needs to be.
Timing and Classical Conditioning
I am not going to delve too much into what classical conditioning is, but the main crux of what you need to know about it, is that classical conditioning is all about associations, mainly is something perceived as g