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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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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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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 […]

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Want Success when Showing? Proof!

TAKE THE TIME TO PROOF!  In addition to going to new locations with your dog, be sure to thoroughly proof all skills and exercises. This means games, transitions and releases too. As soon as your dog responds correctly to your command or cue 80% of the time, begin to proof his understanding of that skill. […]

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Have you thought –

  About EVERYTHING your dog and you need to know and do BEFORE you enter a show?   It can make or break your show debut!   My dog: Has been trained to meet my criteria for every skill he will need while in the ring. (This includes transitions to and from the ring as […]

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Training in New Places

PROOFING VARIABLES TO CONSIDER Training in new locations, with new people and in different conditions are important steps in training as well as preparing your dog for the ring. Training in a verity conditions will give your dog confidence to perform any skill in any situation. The following are some ideas that can help you […]

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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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PLAY! Pt 1

  So your dog won’t tug and you want to teach him? Having a dog that loves to play with toys is a huge benefit when training your dog. The tug game is a great way to reward behaviors, is an interactive experience with your dog that burns energy and builds rapport, and while tugging […]

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Getting frustrated when training???

Some people grind their teeth or hold their breath while training while others clench their fists or rattle off a string of swearwords. When the frustration of training your dog comes to a boil, there are a countless number of ways to respond. Keep in mind that our dogs can get very frustrated, too! Especially […]

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Balance

To establish balance in training, one should understand the difference between “regimented training” and “motivational training.” Regimented training often has precise steps with a beginning and an end. Many times “regimented training” is applied to all dogs regardless of the dog’s maturity, ability and without consideration of the dog’s natural drive or willingness to please. […]

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