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:
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
It’s surely a good idea to have cancelled morning classes for Saturday(21st). Ice was accumulating at a rapid pace early Friday evening.
By Saturday morning, their pond may not be all that is ice-covered. So! We will cancel classes for Saturday morning – Puppy Kindergarten at 9, Level 1 at 10, and Level 2 at 11. We will make a call in the morning about the afternoon classes. Could be the temps … Continue reading
Nice detail in this article about the 330 agility entries at the Westminster championship. Surprising that the average age for the competitors – about 7. Not surprising a Border Collie won.
The dog’s surely enjoy it, but it’s a headache for the rest of us. We won’t hold classes this evening (Monday, February 16). We plan to conduct classes on the regular schedule … Continue reading
Take a look at this short video of a pick in the beginning agility class at a dog school near Seattle. It ought to give you inspiration for training your canine.
A must exercise for early in training is the ‘individual daily exam.’ Do it if you had … Continue reading
40 dogs and their handlers presented three holiday programs at the school the first weekend in December. The show featured holiday lights, music, costumes and lots of impressive dog training. Here is a sample of the event … Continue reading
The end-of-the-year holidays can be joyous for us and hazardous for our dogs.
Our homes are normally filled with hazards for a dog’s wellbeing, and during this time of year the number of … Continue reading
Luring a puppy with food early in training has lots of advantages. The puppy chooses where to be. The handler does not have to hold the dog in place with a tight leash. The treat begins … Continue reading
From the first class session, we help you get your dog’s attention. Getting your dog to pay attention to you often starts with … Continue reading
Here is a substantial story about the two-year training program that the Leader Dog organization uses to get dog’s ready for service to seeing-impaired people.
Dogs are body-language communicators. They are really good at it. They will expect us to tell them what we want them to do with body … Continue reading
If you’re handy with tools here are two ideas for creating exercise opportunities for your dog in your own backyard.
This site includes the list for shopping and tools you will … Continue reading