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Is there a differenace between a skill and an exercise?

You bet there is! What is the difference between a skill and an exercise???? An “exercise” is something I am required to do in the ring. It is a sequence of skills.  The Drop on Recall, Heeling, courses in Rally or Agility etc.   All of these are exercises.  They are the “Things” we are […]

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Maintaining Focus

Attention and focus can make or break a performance. This article ran Feb 18, 2020 USDAA Training Tuesday It is hard for your dog to learn, perform a skill or exercise correctly, if you do not have his complete attention. When training, insist that your dog pay 100 percent attention to you, and be alert […]


STOP 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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DISTRACTION TRAINING (or proofing) builds your dog’s confidence, focus, and attention on you so that your dog can perform a skill any place, anytime, no matter what is happening. During this week we will look at various ways to proof your dog. Training Note: it is not bad for your dog to be wrong. Your […]


Identifying PROBLEMS and finding SOLUTIONS.

Many problems or a combination of issues contribute to dogs leaving their handlers. Problems such as stress in the ring, lack of confidence, inconsistent handling, etc. can cause a dog to leave its handler when showing. First, the Stress of the Show Ring can cause a dog to become un-confident, fearful, and to leave their […]

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Maintaining FOCUS!

It is hard for your dog to learn and perform a skill or exercise correctly if you do not have his complete attention. Insist that your dog pay 100% attention to you. At the same time, you should give your dog 100% of your attention! Once you begin a training session, be aware of any […]


Gurrrrr. Summer is here.

Don’t know about y’all during the summer months but it gets really HOT here in Texas. During this time of year, I need to plan my dog’s training sessions and conditioning so that we can get the most “bang for our bucks” yet not over heat our dogs. I know you ask yourself “what is […]

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The Show is Over, NOW WHAT!

Published in the BCSA Borderlines Magazine.  The show is over, so now what????? Now is the perfect time to evaluate your dog’s and your performances. Make some brief notes on the things that went well and those that need improvement. Once you have your list, think about possible solutions in the areas you feel need […]


Make a Plan!

Before you begin to train, consider exactly what you want to train. What do you want to accomplish? For example if you’re training your dog to sit, consider the following questions: How will you cue the command? Will you give your dog a verbal or physical cue or both? How long should your dog sit? […]

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Posted in the BCSA Borderlines Magazine. The problem ~ When showing, your dog is leaving to sniff or go visit? There might be several problems or a combination of issues contributing to the sniffing. 1) Stress of environment. i.e. New places/shows seem to create stress. Is the trainer going to “new” locations to train on […]