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WHO is Calling the Shots?

or Getting Control of a PUSHY Dog. Building rapport and becoming an obvious leader figure by being consistent in all interactions with your dog is the best way to start getting a handle on that pushy pet. Teach your dog to defer to you by sitting and waiting quietly for anything he wants. This includes […]

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Give IT Back!

It can be so irritating when your dog grabs something he should not have.  Often it becomes a struggle to get the object back.  Wouldn’t it be great not to have to fight and chase your dog when he picks up something he shouldn’t have! Just teach your dog to “Give it Back!”. When teaching […]

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Teaching your dog to “OUT” on command

Teaching your dog to drop/release an object on command is a very important safety skill as well as part of teaching leadership and control. If your dog puts something in his mouth that is dangerous, you want your dog to drop that item as soon as you command him to. What would you do if […]

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Speak softly

or better yet not at all! Do you ever say “why doesn’t my dog listen to me?” In order for a dog to work with you, he must be thinking about you. He can’t hear what you are saying if he’s not paying attention. So, how do you teach your dog attention? Here are a […]

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Retractable leashes and why NOT to use them!

A retractable leash is a length of thin cord or belt wound around a spring-loaded device housed inside a plastic handle. The handles have a button on that controls how much of the cord/belt is extended and often have a locking mechanism. Retractable leashes are popular primarily because they allow a dog more freedom to […]


Preventing shut down

(or learned helplessness)! How many times have you heard a trainer comment “he just shuts down” or “he doesn’t like to work under this condition”? What happens when a dog “shuts down”? Shutting down is when a dog has stopped trying to do what is being asked because he has learned he is never right […]

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The first time your puppy jumps on you, it may be cute. However, when he becomes full grown or you are wearing your best cloths his jumping on you may not be so cute anymore! When training your puppy, be aware of how you teach him to keep all 4 of his feet on the […]

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The Great Sport of Obedience

Published in the BCSA Borderlines Magazine History The first obedience trial was created in 1933 by Helen Whitehouse Walker of New York. By 1936, the AKC had adopted standards for obedience trials and trials were being held across the United States. For many years, competition obedience was the only “dog sport” available to people. As […]

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Weather isn’t so delightful!

Published in the BCSA Borderlines Magazine Weather is not always ideal for outdoors training. In fact, it is sometimes downright harsh and inconvenient! When cruel weather hits, or circumstances make it difficult to risk going outside for training, don’t despair! There are training activities that you can enjoy with your dog right in the comfort […]

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Thinking about taking online classes?

Published in the BCSA Borderlines Magazine Here is what you need to know and look for in online classes? Online dog training or e-learning has become a hot trend. Today your options are limitless on how and where to gather information about dog training, behavior modification, and competition training. Online classes are growing in popularity […]

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