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Rally Sign #104

Description: Turn Right One Step – Call to Heel – HALT. With the dog sitting in heel position, the handler commands the dog to wait or stay. The handler then turns to the right, takes one step in that direction, and halts. The dog is called to heel position and sits in heel position in … Continue reading »

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Puppy Training Worksheet

Are you getting or do you have a NEW puppy? This is a great training log to help get your puppy off on the right paw! Puppy Training PDF link will appear once you have logged in. Puppy Training Worksheet Link CLICK HERE

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How to use a Prong/pinch collar

Collar lengths may be adjusted by adding or removing prongs. The collar should fit so that when tightened, the collar fits firmly around the dog’s neck. The correct position for a prong collar is to sit right behind the dog’s ears and under the jaw line. Place the collar around your dog’s neck either by … Continue reading »

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Thinking about taking online classes?

Here is what you need to know and look for in online classes? Online dog training or e-learning has become a hot trend. Today your options are limitless on how and where to gather information about dog training, behavior modification, and competition training. Online classes are growing in popularity and are great way to continue … Continue reading »

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My Dog NEVER does that in training!

Here is the latest article for the April/May issue of the BCSA magazine. ENJOY! BL AprilMay 2015 DQuigley

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Have you always wanted teach an On-Line class?

Have you ever wanted to teach an On-Line class? Do you have a great class idea? Are there people wanting to train with you but live in different areas of the country? Don’t have your own website or the funds to get started? Let US help you get on the road to On-Line teaching!   … Continue reading »

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Stress and Performance

Can Stress Affect Sports Performance? Stress is a feeling that’s created when we react to particular events. It’s the body’s way of rising to a challenge and preparing to meet a tough situation with focus, strength, stamina, and heightened alertness. A little stress or the right kind of positive stress can help keep you on … Continue reading »

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BCSA Collie Magazine article

The Border Collie of America (BCSA) asked me last year to submit an article about training.  The “Border Lines” is a great magazine.  Here is the latest article from the Feb/March issue. ENJOY!!!! If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact the BCSA BCSA Feb-Mar 2015 Issue

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MAINTAIN FOCUS & ATTENTION!

It is impossible for your dog to learn and perform a skill or exercise correctly if you do not have his complete attention. You should insist that your dog pay 100% attention to you. At the same time, you should give your dog 100% of your attention! Once you begin a training session, be aware … Continue reading »

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Do you want success when training?

Once you have picked your new dog and gotten him home, now what? What does it take to successfully train your dog? A positive attitude? Structure and boundaries? Well, sure, but that’s hardly enough. Will the Secrets of all the great dog trainers help you? This might give you much needed information, but without the … Continue reading »

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Regimen for a HIGH energy dog

* Increase aerobic exercise to 30 to 45 minutes at least twice daily. In addition, be sure to reinforce simple obedience commands such as “sit,” and “come” throughout the day. Do not accept delayed or lack luster responses to any task you ask of your dog! * Engage your dog in ball play interspersed with … Continue reading »

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Give your dog a JOB!

Dogs were meant to “work for a living.” Throughout history dogs have held a variety of jobs. Many of these jobs were breed or type specific. For example, herding dogs often helped farmers move livestock and kept the stock safe while the farmers ate or rested. Other breeds keep their owner’s premises free of pesky … Continue reading »

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Preventing shut down (or learned helplessness)!

How many times have you heard a trainer comment “he just shuts down” or “he doesn’t like to work under this condition”? What happens when a dog “shuts down”? Shutting down is when a dog has stopped trying to do what is being asked because he has learned he is never right and cannot win … Continue reading »

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Weekly Challenge – Making DIY Jumps

This years DIY project was to build new jumps. I had seen Daisy Peel’s DIY post on making jumps.  The post comes in 3 parts and is full of great information. See her post here – http://www.daisypeel.com/blog/building-your-own-pvc-jumps/ A few friends and I got together to make a total of 12 jumps. We did make a … Continue reading »

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Managing Prey Drive

Prey drive is a natural drive which we can use to our advantage when teaching our dog concepts and techniques for most venues. Prey drive is what makes it possible for us to engage our dogs in play and chase games. Using such games during training helps to build the desire to work in our … Continue reading »

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New Year’s resolution

New Year’s Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year.  It’s a time to reflect on the changes we want to make and resolve to follow through on those changes.  It is time to make those GOALS!!!! This New Year let’s let our … Continue reading »

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Bringing a New dog into your home?

What is the best way to bring a new puppy or dog into your household? Rapport and Control As soon as you bring home your new dog or puppy, immediately start building a relationship with him/her. Spend time and take him/her to many different places. Encourage him/her to see you as a significant part of … Continue reading »

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Thinking outside the “EXERCISE” BOX

Thinking outside the box is more than just a cliché. In dog training, the phrase “think outside the box” means to see outside of ordinary or traditional exercises. Thinking outside the box enables a trainer to approach problems in new way. Viewing problems differently and/or understanding a particular situation in a way you’d never thought … Continue reading »

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Increasing Your Knowledge

Only you can decide what you should learn next! This post is part of the Dog Agility Bloggers network theme “Continuing Education.” To see other bloggers’ points-of-view, please click on this link. Today your options are limitless on how and where to gather information about dog training, dog behavior modification, or dog competition. If you … Continue reading »

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What are your handing and turning cues?

In order for your dog to really understand your handling cues, they must be consistent. Each time you use a particular cue it should look and mean the same thing to your dog. Furthermore, each cue needs to have a very specific and different meaning from the other cues. Example: running forward means extension to … Continue reading »

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