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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 […]


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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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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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 of the areas you feel need […]

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Scent Articles

  Published in the BCSA Borderlines Magazine Whether you have a new puppy, are just starting in novice or have already obtained your CDX, training scent articles is something you will want to start. Training scent articles generally takes time and patience to end up with a reliable exercise. There are many methods to train […]

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