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Think before sending in the Entry!

Resist the temptation or pressure to enter your dog before he is truly ready. Entering a show with the hope your dog will perfect an exercise in a given amount of time may only result in frustration and disappointment. Set your goals and decide what level of performance you expect from your dog. Stick to […]

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Precision & Passion

A dog that wants to work will become precise. However, a dog that lacks or loses his desire to work will lose any precision quickly. You CAN have both when training and showing your dog!!!! While training a new dog or skill, I build enthusiasm first! My dog should want to work with me before […]

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Successful SHOWING???

  Successful SHOWING??? Your approach to dog training has a big impact on the actual show results that you will get. As long as you have the right mindset about training, you can be sure that your dog will become a confident partner.     Here are a few tips that will help you and […]

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Mental Toughness training

If you’re a committed, dedicated trainer, then you work too hard and sacrifice too much to let your own competitive performance be disrupted by mental errors. The mental toughness techniques in sports psychology are just what you need to get your performance or team back on the fast track! To realize your full potential, you […]

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MAINTAIN FOCUS & ATTENTION!

It is impossible for your dog to learn and perform a skill or exercise correctly if you do not have his complete attention. You should 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 […]

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MOTIVATE YOUR DOG!

Many people expect their dog to learn with training, understandable. However, to really get the behaviors that you are expecting from your dog, you have to know what and how to motivate your dog.     There are many types of motivators. Do you really know what motivates your dog? You have probably already thought […]

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Practice Stays!

or PRACTICE THOSE BORING, BUT NECESSARY STATIC EXERCISES! There are two types of dogs. Those that have had stay problems and those that will!  This applies to start-line stays as well as obedience and rally stays. STAYS can be in a line with other dogs, in a position with the dog by himself such as […]

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Wean Off LURES!

– Or shift responsibility to your dog! Once your dog understands what you expect, extra help such as verbal reminders, leg pats and leash cues should no longer be use.  In addition, at this stage,  and food should no longer be used as a lure. In the final stages of training, treat incentives become a […]

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Train in New Locations

MAKE UNFAMILIAR LOCATIONS FAMILIAR! Since each “show” is a new location for your dog, make sure to train in new places on a regular basis. Even if you train at the show location, the atmosphere becomes different with new dogs, the extra noise, and the added emotional “high” that goes along with shows. A new […]

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The Exercise BOX

  Thinking outside the box is more than just a cliché. In dog training, the phrase “think outside the box” means to see outside of the ordinary or traditional exercises. Thinking outside the box enables a trainer to approach problems in new way. Viewing problems differently and/or understanding a particular situation in a way you’d […]

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