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Competition Tips

Training Tips for competition obedience, rally and agility exhibitors. We have affordable online classes and specialty sections for individual skills training.

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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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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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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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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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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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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Do you want to Improve Your Training? Part 4

Part 4. Evaluate Training A common mistake that some trainers make is forgetting to evaluate their training. As a result they continue to do the same thing over and over even if it isn’t working. “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein   There are a lot … Continue reading »

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Do you want to Improve Your Training? Part 3

Part 3. Make Transitions Smooth If you want your dog to be fully focused during training and showing, you must be fully focused. It is important to plan your training so that it is organized, smooth and that the dog stays motivated, engaged and attentive throughout the session. A good training session is focused and … Continue reading »

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Do you want to Improve Your Training? Part 2

Part 2. Keep Sessions Short Keep training sessions short and sweet. Stop training BEFORE your dog gets tired or overtaxed. You want to keep your dog interested and wanting more! Try to limit your training to short sessions of 5 –20 minutes depending on the age of the dog. When training a new behavior, keep … Continue reading »

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Do you want to Improve Your Training? Part 1

Many trainers ask “how can I improve training my dog?”  There are many reasons to enhance and improve training sessions with your dog. However, often the main reason is to improve the rapport with your dog so that you can be more successful when you are in the ring. The first great rapport building training … Continue reading »

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Getting frustrated when training???

Some people grind their teeth or hold their breath while training while others clench their fists or rattle off a string of swearwords. When the frustration of training your dog comes to a boil, there are a countless number of ways to respond. Keep in mind that our dogs can get very frustrated, too! Especially … Continue reading »

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Problem Solving ~

Recently I was having an interesting conversation with a co-worker about how to determine the best way to problem solve issues with their dog or a student’s dog. It is difficult to read a book or watch a DVD and learn how to solve training issues and or a student’s training issue.  It is not … Continue reading »

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A Great Sport – Agility

Looking for a fun way to bond with your dog and put his excess energy to work?   Check out the great sport of Agility.   Agility has become a popular canine sport in which a handler guides their dog through a course with tunnels, jumps, dog walks, etc. As a dog trainer, I have … Continue reading »

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Cavaletti’s

We often receive requests for information about “How to use Cavalettis”. This post will help answer some of your questions. (Please check with your vet before doing any physical activity with your dog.) Your dog has 4 paws to keep track of and cavalettis will help him learn how to control his body and all … Continue reading »

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Be the Best!

If you are not fit mentally and physically, how can you be the best you can be for your teammate? After talking with many students and fellow exhibitors, I felt that a “fitness” class with a forum might help us to discuss our goals, exchange valuable information and tips, and post pertinent videos and websites. … Continue reading »

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Use of Rewards

Reinforcement can include treats, praise, petting, or a favorite toy or game. Since most dogs are food motivated, treats can work especially well for training. Next to food and toys, dogs love attention! Instead of or in addition to using treats and toys during your next training session, reward your dog by providing praise, affection, … Continue reading »

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Training in New Places

PROOFING VARIABLES TO CONSIDER Training in new locations, with new people and in different conditions are important steps in training as well as preparing your dog for the ring. Training in a verity conditions will give your dog confidence to perform any skill in any situation.  The following are some ideas that can help you … Continue reading »

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