Nicole Wiebusch

Teaching Your Dog to Down

Teaching Your Dog to Down

Teaching your dog to down is a rewarding experience for both you and your dog. Down is a foundation behavior that can be incredibly useful in various situations. Positive reinforcement training is highly effective for teaching this behavior. Here's a step-by-step...

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Rally Signs: To Sit or Not to Sit in Heel Position

Rally Signs: To Sit or Not to Sit in Heel Position

When you are doing a rally class with your dog, do you struggle to remember when to have your dog sit in heel versus moving forward?  If yes, you are not alone!  One of the biggest struggles with Rally is remembering all those pesky little rules.   Let's take a...

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Happy Heeling: Intro to Pocket Hand

Happy Heeling: Intro to Pocket Hand

One useful tool for teaching heeling is the pocket hand.  It works great for helping the dog learn the position and working on rear end movement.  Pocket hand is super versatile and can be used by itself or combined with other heeling methods.  It does a great job...

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5 Tips to Improve Your Rally Scores!

Everyone would like to improve their scores in rally! It might be surprising to learn that many points are lost to preventable things, like completing the sign incorrectly. Handler errors are by far the most common reason for deductions in rally. Read on to learn five...

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Grooming Your Puppy: Basics for a Healthy and Happy Coat

When you welcome a new puppy into your home, one topic that should be on your mind is teaching your puppy to tolerate, and even enjoy, grooming. Proper grooming not only keeps your puppy looking their best but also contributes to their overall health and well-being....

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Go Touch! Teaching Your Dog a Target Send Behavior

Mastering a target send behavior is required for some obedience and rally training. In the upper levels of rally, your dog will need to know how to send to a cone, whereas higher level obedience exercises involve sending the dog straight across the ring, away from...

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Introducing Your Dog to a Grooming Table

Having a dog that is comfortable on the grooming table can be very useful!  It’s much easier to groom your dog if they are elevated up on a table, and the positive associations with the grooming table will help vet visits go more smoothly.  Even if you don’t groom...

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Mastering Eye Contact Amidst Distractions

In the realm of dog training, mastering eye contact in the presence of distractions is an important skill that not only deepens the bond between you and your dog but also enhances obedience skills. Increasing the difficulty by adding distractions is a challenge that...

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Reducing Reinforcement: Getting Cookies Off Your Body!

An important step in reducing reinforcement is getting the cookies off your body.  We need to show the dogs that it doesn’t matter if we have rewards in our hands or not; the dog can still be rewarded for doing the behavior.  We are going to use treats as both a...

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Learn How to Attach Verbal Cues to Behaviors

We often use hand signals to prompt movement, but learning how to attach cues to those behaviors is much more convenient.  For instance, is it easier to point to the ground for down or simply say the cue?  In this blog, we will discuss the process of teaching verbal...

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Puppy Proofing Your Home: A Safety Checklist

Bringing a new puppy into your home is an exciting and joyous occasion, but it also comes with the responsibility of creating a safe environment for your furry friend through a process called puppy proofing! Puppies are naturally curious, and their boundless energy...

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 Teaching the Stand for Obedience and Rally

There are a few different ways to teach a stand for obedience and rally.  You can simply teach your dog to walk forward into the stand, but this will result in the dog being ahead of heel position.  Many people choose to teach the dog a kickback stand, meaning that...

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The Power of Offered Attention and the Name Game

When it comes to training, two foundational games can transform your dog into an attentive and responsive partner – Offered Attention and the Name Game. These essential skills go beyond simple commands, fostering a strong connection between you and your furry friend....

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5 Ways to Reduce Your Dog’s Arousal

Learning to reduce your dog’s arousal levels will make training much easier. An over-aroused dog cannot think clearly, which makes learning difficult.   Many behavior problems are caused by a dog that is overaroused. Lowering arousal levels can improve...

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Sensational Sits in Heel Position

In the world of dog performance, achieving flawless sits in heel position is crucial for success. While it may seem like a simple skill, training reliable straight sits requires time, patience, and strategic techniques. In this guide, we'll explore some effective...

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Canine Enrichment: Puppy Meal Time

Meal time isn't just a routine for your furry friend; it's an opportunity to provide your puppy with some engaging enrichment. Incorporating mental and physical stimulation during your puppy's meals not only adds excitement to their day but also contributes...

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2023: A Year in Review at Golden Paws Dog Training

What an exciting year 2023 has been!  Take a look at the review of 2023!   First off, last year was our 15th year in business!  Wow!!  It's incredible how far Golden Paws has come, from teaching in a tiny classroom in an old school to opening up a brand-new...

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