This week in classes we are preparing dogs for the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen test. Examining the dog’s teeth is one of the test steps in the exam. This step also tests the … Continue reading
“Guys, we know we were not born here, (Our birth place was a big sheep farm in the middle of Scotland.), but we sure can party with the best of US-born dogs.
“How about … Continue reading
In the first part of training for a dog, before the dog has learned what you want him/her to do, it is tempting to try to hold the dog in the place you want him/her to be … Continue reading
Our Border Collies (left to right) Miste, Mither and Moss — sport their July 4th costumes while they also practice their ‘sit and stay’ assignments.
Take several pictures in one session. You’ll … Continue reading
Dog training need not all be heel, sit, down, stay commands. Have fun with your dogs. Engage their brains to encourage them to figure out what you want them to do. Name the activity — … Continue reading
A heartwarming story of a Tacoma girl’s dedication to therapy dog work. Her interest sprung from visits to her late grandfather’s nursing home with the family’s Golden Retriever, Charlie. She has received high honors from the Girl Scouts for her community service work in creating a therapy dog … Continue reading
..and now act on that picture. Join our dog training classes. the new session is starting this week; however, we also can begin the training with you and your dog whenever your schedule … Continue reading
Getting your dog to pay attention to you often starts with your paying close attention to your dog. Attend to your dog intensely early in training, and your dog will begin to pay attention … Continue reading
This vet say no, just enjoy the run. This story about agility’s popularity reports that most of its human participants are 51+ years old and 20 percent are above 60, surprising since the runs are timed. The human/dog teams race against the clock. You can try out agility … Continue reading
None of us want the dog to pull so hard on a walk that he/she appears to choke on the leash. Here is a set of recommendations from a California trainer that includes several good pieces of advice consistent with our recommendations. Interesting on the list – when … Continue reading
Here is a short story about a ‘passing of the leash’ ceremony in which Eddie, a Golden Retriever puppy, begins his service as a comfort dog at a Nebraska church. It is the second dog trained for that kind of duty by the Lutheran … Continue reading
Most of us won’t encounter a bear on our walks in the woods, but John Schandelmeier and his dogs have in the Alaska woods. In this blog he describes that experience, but more importantly, he shares some suggestions on teaching dogs how to stay within your sight but … Continue reading
Marcia’s precious Scotia observed her 7th birthday this past weekend. How time does fly. Here is a brief video of Scotia’s early years as puppy and her service work … Continue reading