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Happy Heeling: Pocket Hand for the Pivot Bowl and Moving Forward

Happy Heeling: Pocket Hand for the Pivot Bowl and Moving Forward

A couple of weeks ago, I did a blog post on an introduction to the pocket hand for heeling.  This week, we're going to talk about how to use the pocket hand for pivot bowls and heeling forward.   When your dog is comfortable with pocket hand, it’s time to use...

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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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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The Importance of Teaching Collar Grabs

Teaching your dog to accept collar grabs usually isn’t at the top of the training list, but it’s an important skill!  Many dogs find collar grabs slightly aversive and will fight by pulling back when you take the collar.  It’s important that you are able to take your...

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I’m Busy! Relaxation Games for Your Dog

A dog that maintains connection while training is crucial to a successful session. However, there are times when we must disconnect from our dogs, and teaching relaxation games will prevent your dog from disconnecting and forming bad habits like wandering and...

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Fabulous Fronts After Jumps

One of the more challenging skills in rally and obedience, for both dogs and their handlers, is the front after a jump. This skill requires the dog to clear a jump and then promptly sit in front of their handler. This is a complex task that can take time to master....

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A Guide to Driving with a New Puppy

Driving with your new puppy is a daunting task, but by following these tips you can have a pleasant traveling experience with minimal risk to your new baby.   I just returned from a 15 hour road trip with my new baby, Rise.  Over the years, I’ve learned some...

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Calm Greeting Behaviors for a Happy and Well-Balanced Dog

Teaching your dog calm greeting behaviors isn’t always easy, but it is always worth the effort.  We all love our dogs, and there's nothing quite like coming home to a wagging tail and a big, warm, and enthusiastic greeting. However, sometimes these greetings can be a...

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Step-by-Step Guide to Teaching Your Dog New Behaviors

There are a few ways to make teaching new behaviors easier for you and your dog.  Let’s outline a few of those tips to help you be more successful in this step-by-step guide!   Teaching New Behaviors in Low-Distraction Environments   First, teach your new...

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Station Training: Teach Your Dog to Go to Their Place

Station training is a valuable skill that can significantly benefit you and your dog. By teaching your dog to go to a specific area and remain there until given permission to release, you can address various situations more effectively. Whether you're enjoying a meal,...

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Building Canine Focus: Teaching Your Dog to Ignore People

In the realm of dog training, one hurdle that frequently challenges our furry friends is their tendency to get easily distracted by other people. Training your dog to ignore these distractions can prove invaluable when you're out and about. Whether you participate in...

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A Comprehensive Guide to Potty Training Your New Puppy

One of the most common inquiries I receive as a dog trainer when someone brings home a new puppy is, "How do I go about potty training my puppy?" This is often followed by the question, "How long will it take for my puppy to be fully potty trained?" First, let's...

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Mastering Fly: Teaching Your Dog to Circle Around a Cone

In dog training, there is a valuable behavior known as fly which involves teaching a dog to circle a cone. This skill has proven incredibly useful in various training sessions, such as heeling and front games, introducing the concept of striding out on the broad jump,...

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