For those of you who were on pins and needles:
My new baby. Err, notebook.
Saturday I ran down to my local dealer (of stationary and fine pens) in search of the answer to my training records problem. I am not a digital person when it comes to things that need to be jotted down. I don’t like being tethered to my laptop, because I tend to get sucked down the internet vortex.
I wanted paper good enough that I could use with a fountain pen. I was really just after one of the French grid-style notebooks (Rhodia and Clairefontaine are the best notebooks I’ve found for fountain pen users, and I like their grid rule for anything that might resemble a list.)
Then the heavens opened up and shone down on this Rhodia Meeting Book.
Room at the top for dates and goals. A larger left hand column for reporting what happened. A smaller right hand column for “Action items,” where I can extract what needs to be worked on in our next session. Paper nice enough that I can use both sides of the page, even with my wider nibbed fountain pen.
Yeah, I love fancy office supplies, and I have prissy handwriting. Also, if your eyes are good enough to read that example page, I am making excruciatingly slow progress training Silas to sit to the side instead of out front.
5 thoughts on “Record Keeping Solution”
I love that you do this. I wish I had started with it, I do have records of classes we’ve taken, but no real goals.
You are so funny!
Love that you found this notebook so you can stay on track with the training and anything else that you need to! Did you tell the cashier what this book was for??? 😉
I like that idea! I have a calendar spiral notebook where I keep track of all dog related things. That way, I can look back and have notes and dates if needed when/if we need medical care. Also, I keep track of behaviors.
As a training tool, I am sure your book will keep things on track and you’ll be able to see the progress too. Great idea!
I can tell this is going to be something really useful for you and a record you’ll keep for a long time…so it only makes sense to use fine materials…There’s something alluring about good papers and pens…And I love your handwriting…it’s very neat…Mine usually starts out ok but by the end of a note-taking session it’s barely legible chicken scratch
Sounds so simple, but sometimes all you need is a pre-printed template to get your butt in gear.