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How Do You Grade Yourself?

If you had to grade your dog training and showing practices, what grade would you give YOURSELF? Base the grade on effort and time spent in planning training sessions, thinking about goals, and working on YOU, either by continued education or fitness. Many of us get by with just an “average” grade spending some time […]


Do you want to Improve Your Training? Part 4

Part 4. Evaluate Training. A common mistake some trainers make is forgetting to evaluate their training. As a result they continue to do the same thing over and over even if it isn’t working. “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein There are a lot of things […]

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Do you want to Improve Your Training? Part 3

If you want your dog to be fully focused during training and showing, you must be fully focused. It is important to plan your training so that it is organized, smooth and that the dog stays motivated, engaged and attentive throughout the session. A good training session is focused and energetic from beginning to end. […]

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Do you want to Improve Your Training? Part 2

Keep training sessions short and sweet. Stop training BEFORE your dog gets tired or overtaxed. You want to keep your dog interested and wanting more! Try to limit your training to short sessions of 5 –20 minutes depending on the age of the dog. When training a new behavior, keep sessions even shorter, so that […]

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Do you want to Improve Your Training? Part 1

Many trainers ask “how can I improve training my dog?” There are many reasons to enhance and improve training sessions with your dog. However, often the main reason is to improve the rapport with your dog so that you can be more successful when you are in the ring. The first great rapport building training […]

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Use of Rewards

Reinforcement can include treats, praise, petting, or a favorite toy or game. Since most dogs are food motivated, treats can work especially well for training. Next to food and toys, dogs love attention! Instead of, or in addition to using treats and toys during your next training session, reward your dog by providing praise, affection, […]

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Catching in the Act!

To be an effective trainer, correction or praise should occur when the dog is in the act of the behavior you are trying to eliminate or reinforce. That way, the dog can connect his behavior to your reaction. Most dogs want to please their owners and if your timing is spot on, your dog will […]

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PLAY! Pt 2

How to Teach your dog how to play. Simple guidelines to help you on your way to a tugging fend! • DON’T LOOM OVER YOUR DOG WHEN TUGGING: Bending over your dog can intimidate and even squash his desire to play. For a small dog or puppy beginning by sitting on the floor. If needed, […]

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What are YOUR most important foundational skills?

Over the years, many people have asked me what I train first with a new puppy or dog. First, I feel it is important to build a relationship and rapport with the new pup. To do this, I play games, such as COOKIE TOSS game and tug. Although I do some other behaviors, such as […]

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Dogs are naturally pack animals. In a family situation with people, a dominant/pushy dog may “test” his place in the pack by asserting himself.  This may be done in subtle ways such as nudging your hand for petting, stealing objects or going out doors before you do.  More extreme ways he may assert himself  can […]

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