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:
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
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