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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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“Achieving a Balance” in training

Published in the BCSA Borderlines Magazine Most of us want and even strive for a dog that exudes enjoyment when training and showing. What many of us ultimately look for is a partner that shows willingness and precision along with drive and desire. How do we achieve that balance between speed and yet keep the […]

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