There are four strategic training questions. Is your dog – 1) Paying attention; 2) Doing as you say; 3) Staying on task; and 4) Having fun — and are you?
If the answer is “no” to one or more of those questions, you, as the dog’s teacher, need to change your approach to training. Here are some tips:
Geese police: Why they work and how they got started in this specialty. A week … Continue reading
Our dog care Drill Team was one of the activities of the ‘Safe Kids Day‘ at the University of Missouri Children’s Hospital, May 9. Besides the dogs to music performance the program included dog safety … Continue reading
They find snails. Another job that perhaps only dogs can do — sniff out plant-destroying snails that threaten agriculture. Here is a short story about the task for two Labradors in the Galapagos. http://ow.ly/M8llT
Carting can be a hugely satisfying activity for handlers and dogs. Here is a description from the American Kennel Club about getting started. The AKC has opened recognition for carting honors to mixed breed dogs. Our carting … Continue reading
Congratulate these newly certified therapy dog and handler teams. They passed the certification test of Therapy Dogs International. Some of the dogs add to their names the title of Canine Good Citizen or the Advanced Canine Good Citizen of the American … Continue reading
Last week, Missouri prison inmates graduated the 3,000th dog from a training program in which the prisoners at 19 Missouri institutions provide 8-weeks of training for the shelter dogs to prepare them for adoption. … Continue reading
There is just something about those puppy dog eyes — Now a study from Japan says there really is inside our brains, and it turns out inside the puppies’ brains, too.
Eye contact with your … Continue reading
These North Carolina empty-nesters fill some of their time the children used to occupy with elaborate dog pictures. Here is a display of some of the pictures. The couple tries to take the photos each … Continue reading
If you’d like an example of a dog’s confident smile, check this one of Maddie taken Saturday, March 28. Maddie is a 10-month-old Lab puppy. She had been working and playing with her new family, Josh and Kim, for … Continue reading
Three key words to guide training. This professional trainer suggests — consistency, patience and fun — as keys to successful training. Those do match nicely the main concept of our training. Read the details in this … Continue reading
Training a service dog. Here is a thoughtful account of spending the first year of a dog’s life in preliminary training as a potential seeing-eye dog and then returning the dog … Continue reading
See this brief video of Moss, the father of our Border Collies, at his farm near Dalguise, Scotland. Moss rounded up the sheep and brought them from a distant corner of the pasture to a … Continue reading
Our drill team has accepted an invitation for a performance June 28 at the AKC Dog Museum in St. Louis county.
Join us there if you can. It is one of several road shows
we do … Continue reading
The snow brings lots to admire even while coping with travel difficulties and other winter issues. Here are some of the things we saw.
This is agility week in our beginning classes. You will be introducing your dog to many new tools, toys and exercises — some of which may be intimidating at first. But, as the dog learns to … Continue reading
In our beginning classes (Puppy Kindergarten and Level 1) this week (Feb 23-28), we will introduce the dogs to agility exercises — the A-frame, tunnels, the dog-walk, etc. The agility exercises are great confidence boosters for the dog. It also … Continue reading