Browsing: K9 Competition

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 […]



Training in new locations with new people and I different conditions is important in preparing your dog for the ring. Training in a variety of conditions will give your dog confidence to perform ANY skill in ANY situation. The following are some ideas that can help you on your road to success. You can find additional […]

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Speak softly

or better yet not at all! Do you ever say “why doesn’t my dog listen to me?” In order for a dog to work with you, he must be thinking about you. He can’t hear what you are saying if he’s not paying attention. So, how do you teach your dog attention? Here are a […]

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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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Stress and the Performance Dog

Can Stress Affect Sports Performance? Stress is a feeling that’s created when we react to particular events. It’s the body’s way of rising to a challenge and preparing to meet a tough situation with focus, strength, stamina, and heightened alertness. A little stress or the right kind of positive stress can help keep you on […]

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Difference between a skill and an exercise.

What is the difference between a skill and an exercise???? An exercise is something I am required to do in the ring.  Drop on recall, heeling, each sign in rally, obstacle in agility, etc.  All of these are exercises.   They are the “Things” we are required to do at shows. Skills are individual tricks that […]

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Taking Breaks

Posted in the BCSA Borderlines Magazine We hear stories about a handler’s dedication to their sport, the hours upon hours of practice, and the conditioning and training for them and their dogs. We are led to believe that they not only eat, drink, and sleep their sport, but also their sport is on their mind […]

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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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