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Behavior Tips

Is your dog always a little angel? or do horns sometimes hold up the halo?? Tips and tricks for every day life with your dog. Things we all need to know! Free Dog Training Tips for competition obedience, rally and agility exhibitors.
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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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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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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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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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WHO is Calling the Shots?

or Getting Control of a PUSHY Dog. Building rapport and becoming an obvious leader figure by being consistent in all interactions with your dog is the best way to start getting a handle on that pushy pet.   Teach your dog to defer to you by sitting and waiting quietly for anything he wants. This … Continue reading »

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Give IT Back!

When teaching your dog to give you and object, watch your dog carefully. He may need to be on a leash or confined to prevent him from taking things he should not have. Do not chase, corner, or grab your dog. During the teaching phase, use objects that are of low value to your dog … Continue reading »

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Teaching your dog to release an object on command – OUT

Teaching your dog to drop/release an object on command is a very important safety skill as well as part of teaching leadership and control. If your dog puts something in his mouth that is dangerous, you want your dog to drop that item as soon as you command him to. What would you do if … Continue reading »

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Dealing with Canine Control

Become more significant and a better leader figure to your dog by implementing obvious structure and boundaries.This program is designed to be initiated and then practiced for a minimum of 21 to 35 days. At such a time when your dog has become more subordinate and accepting of your leadership. The information on the “Daily … Continue reading »

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Don’t Bite the Hand that Feeds YOU!

Before you begin the food bowl conditioning, make sure you are following all guidelines on the “Daily Reminders” and “Getting Control of the Pushy Dog” and the following. Your dog is sitting for anything and everything he wants Your dog is sitting and staying in place with distractions. Your dog is retrieving and releasing toys on … Continue reading »

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Daily Reminders

Working for a Living!   All domestic dogs were bred to serve man in a specific capacity. Teach your dog that “nothing in life is free, and that he must “work for a living.” Establish boundaries, rules, and structure for your dog. Doing so will help your dog become a willing, compliant, and devoted companion. … Continue reading »

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Catching the act

To be an effective trainer, correction or praise should occur when the dog is in the act of the behavior you are trying to eliminate or reinforce. That way, the dog can connect his behavior to your reaction.  Most dogs want to please their owners and if your timing is spot on, your dog will … Continue reading »

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Along for a Ride

If you have a dog who is wary of car rides, there’s hope.  Get your pooch used to going for car rides in small steps. Begin by reinforcing your dog while going to the car. Many dogs with a fear of car rides put on the breaks as soon as the car comes into view. … Continue reading »

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Take Advantage of Mealtime!

Wonderful things can happen at mealtime — for you and Spot. You get the opportunity to have your dog perform for his meal. This could be sit, down, hand touch or spin etc or you can perfect and proof a skill you are currently working on for Rally, Obedience or Agility. What exactly does it … Continue reading »

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Happy New Year

As 2013 comes to an end, we reflect back on what was an amazing year. Thank you for your continued support. It’s been amazing to see how you have helped us grow. As we turn our calendars to 2014, we look forward to another new and exciting year, full of fun classes and seminars. We … Continue reading »

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Fear of Noises

It is not uncommon for a dog to exhibit fear of loud noises such as thunder storms or fireworks. It is important not to inadvertently reinforce your dog’s fear by showering him with attention and attempting to soothe him with petting when he shows fear. Instead, give your dog a job. One method is to condition … Continue reading »

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Key to Training – Consistency

The key to training dogs is consistency. Since you are essentially teaching your dog a new language, you need to be patient with the learning process, and consistent with the training regiment. Dogs need to know what the limits are and what behaviors are appropriate and accepted. When setting the ground rules make sure you … Continue reading »

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Speak softly

or better yet not at all! Do ever say “why doesn’t my dog listen to me?” In order for a dog to work with you, he must be thinking about you. He can’t hear what you are saying if he’s not paying attention. So, how do you teach your dog attention? Here are a few … Continue reading »

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Home Alone Boredom

If your dog sometimes resorts to destructive behavior in the house when you’re not around, there are some steps you can take to control losing prized possessions: 1. When you are home, make sure that you do spend time interacting with your dog. Teaching tricks are a great way to burn mental and physical energy. … Continue reading »

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Effective Training

Here are some tips to increase the effectiveness of your dog training. Use positive reinforcement for desirable behaviors.  When the behavior is undesirable, make use of proper corrective methods.  Make sure you don’t ignore any kind of behavior, whether desirable or undesirable. Never correct him if he hasn’t done anything wrong at that exact moment. … Continue reading »

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Mealtime is Training Time

Wonderful things happen at mealtime — for you and Spot. You get the opportunity to have your dog perform (reinforcing all that dog training you’ve done) for his meal. This could be sit, down, hand touch or spin etc.  What exactly does it look like? Hold the food bowl in your hand or place on … Continue reading »

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