Every person is an individual; every dog is an individual.
Individual - a distinct, indivisible entity; a single thing, being, instance, or item.
This reason alone is why dog trainers need to be very flexible in the training approach. There is no one size fits all when training individual dogs. Knowing how a dog reacts to stimulus is very important when working towards a positive training session.
I am an instant gratification type person. Not that I need reward instantly but when working on a project, I don't like the finished result being weeks or months out. Which is why I love digital photography so much; snap an image, plug it into your computer, presto!
Some dogs need rewards or success more often. I have seen dogs being trained who become frustrated when they don't succeed fast enough. They may even shut down, cease working at all as they have given up. So what does frustration look like?
- walking away
- barking at you
- stress triggered behaviors like yawning
- quickly offering other already known behaviors
- shutting down
If your dog becomes frustrated easily; breaking a behavior down into tiny baby steps can help to eliminate this. Some dogs need such tiny steps and constant positive feedback that you may need to pre-plan your behavior lessen. Sitting down and figuring out the steps needed to get to the final behavior should be thought out.
Some dogs will "get" the whole behavior taught at once; but many need it to be broken down to avoid frustration in the learning process. Neither is better or smarter than the other. The success lies in the trainer knowing how to teach the dog. The ability to see a dog struggling is so very crucial to happy and successful training.