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 Teaching the Stand for Obedience and Rally

 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...

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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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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Distracted by Cones: Keeping Your Dog in Heel Position

It's not uncommon for dogs to be distracted by cones during rally or other training exercises such as the obedience figure 8. There could be a few reasons why dogs may be distracted by the cones rather than staying in the correct heel position.     Why Might...

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Want Better Heeling? Pivots to the Rescue!

Pivots for Better Heeling! If there's one skill you could train for better heeling, it would be pivots.  Teaching the skills needed for a good pivot is just one small piece of your heeling, but these skills are important! If you take the time to teach the foundation...

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Got a Puppy? Let’s Talk Socialization!

With the advent of puppy kindergarten classes, the topic of socialization became a hot one.  Based on the recommendations of the American Veterinary Medical Association, veterinarians started discussing socialization and encouraging their clients to attend puppy...

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Play the Sit Game to Reduce Jumping!

Do you need to reduce jumping with your dog?  Teach him or her to sit instead using this fun simple game! In my Basic Manners classes, one common complaint that people have is their dog jumps on people.  If we want to prevent a dog from doing something that we don’t...

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Gates: A Useful Tool for Fronts and Finishes

Wire training gates can be a very useful tool for teaching and maintaining many obedience, rally, and agility behaviors.  In this blog, we’ll discuss how I use gates to train fronts and finishes.   What are Training Gates? First, what are training gates and where...

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Lose the Leash: Off-Leash Obedience and Rally Training

In an ideal world, we wouldn’t have our dogs on leash when we train for obedience and rally.  Right from the beginning our dogs would learn to stay by our sides and pay attention to us.  I consider myself very fortunate that I have a facility in which I can train off...

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Six Fun Games For Bonding Between Kids and Dogs

It’s so heartwarming to watch your dog and kids grow up together, the best of friends.  Games between kids and dogs can be a great way to foster that relationship.  When playing these fun games together, kids and dogs should be supervised.   NOTE: Don’t play...

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Fun Front Games: No More Drilling!

Are you frustrated with your fronts?  You're not alone!  Fronts can be tough to teach because they require a lot of practice.  However, you can teach fun fronts without that boring drilling!  Incorporate fun games into your practice and you'll have happier fronts in...

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Get a Close Front with Your Small Dog

It’s unfortunate but it’s true - teaching a nice close front requires a bit more creativity for a small dog!  Often the littles are a bit more pressure-sensitive (and we are a lot bigger to them!) and aren’t comfortable coming into your space.  It’s a bit more...

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Staying Connected in the Rally Ring

It's not easy to navigate a rally course while staying connected to your dog. Many dogs need a lot of connection from their handlers, and if we don't give it to them they will often disconnect and their attention will wander. When there are a whole bunch of...

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5 Games to Teach Your New Puppy!

Puppies are so much fun, and they are such little sponges.  I LOVE working with puppies who soak up everything you teach them.  Plus, they are adorable!! It’s important to start training right away with your little cutie.  Puppy training isn’t a whole lot different...

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Reducing Jumping Up by Teaching an Incompatible Behavior

As a pet dog trainer, one common problem for which people seek out training is jumping up.  It’s annoying when dogs jump up, and if the dog is large, it can be downright dangerous.  So, how do you train your dog not to jump up on you and your family/friends?  ...

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Pay Attention! Teaching Your Dog Eye Contact

If I could pick one behavior that is most important to teach your dog, it would be eye contact.  More importantly, it would be offered eye contact, in other words, you don’t cue it, but rather the dog does it on his own.   Eye Contact Starts Work   I use...

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Planning Ahead: Reducing Reinforcement for the Ring

The process of reducing reinforcement in preparation for entering an obedience or rally ring is something it’s easy to overlook and rush. Most dogs act very differently when their handler has treats versus when the handler does not have treats, yet many people go straight from training with treats in their pockets to leaving treats on their crate and going into the ring.

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A Simple Process for Generalizing Behaviors

If your dog can give you a reliable cute sit in the kitchen, but can’t do it in the backyard, you might need to work on generalizing behaviors!   Generalization means the dog can apply a concept in many different situations.  When you teach a dog a new behavior,...

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