Was just thinking about how important to the learning process "down time" can be. Have a dog in pre-agility tonight who came through my beginner class and is a very nice little shaper. She gets the concept and learns quickly, and we were shaping "paws on" the teeter board layed on the ground. Because it was on the ground it only moved a little bit, and at first she was having fun getting it to pop up and down. Then apparently it moved a little too much for her taste and she was not wanting to put feet on it. (She is already familiar with the dog walk) Gave her a five minute break and came back to it. She immediately started placing two feet on it. It seems to me that often when training dogs, especially in a way that asks them to really solve problems, we put pressure on them when things aren't going well. Sometimes all it really takes is to take the pressure off for a few minutes. Another thing I've seen a lot is that dogs will take "think breaks" (and this little girl does that too). They will be sort of hitting the mark, disengage for a long sniff (that looks a bit more intense than just random sniffing) and then come back and nail the behavior. I think this may be part of the magic of Control Unleash's Gimme a Break game. Sometimes dogs really DO need to take the pressure off so they can think, and they are more aware of that need than their handler. Has anyone else noticed this?