Training Tips & Techniques

ann_logo_blankThere 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:

New title holders

New_therapy_teams_4.25.15Congratulate 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

Dog’s face says it all

Maddie's smileIf 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

Intro to agility

The A-frameIn 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

Ice is pretty, but…

ice_2.20.15It’s surely a good idea to have cancelled morning classes for Saturday(21st). Ice was accumulating at a rapid pace early Friday evening.

No Saturday morning classes (Feb 21)

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

Senior dogs compete in Westminster agility

Screenshot 2015-02-16 21.29.51Nice 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.