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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.

Weeeeeave !!!!

Go to any agility event and you’ll see dogs performing weave poles. When a well-trained dog charges through the weave poles, it’s truly spectacular! The best trained dogs can find the entry from all angles and speed regardless how impossible it appears. When completely trained, the dog must enter the weave poles with the first … Continue reading »

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PLAY! Pt 3

How to Teach your dog how to play – Reminders REMEMBER: TUG DRIVE IS PREY DRIVE. Engage your dog’s prey drive by getting him to chase you.  Once he is running after you  let him see the toy. Smack the toy on the ground and drag the toy along (attached to a string).  The toy  … Continue reading »

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Obedience

Obedience is a sport that involves running a team, handler and a dog, through a series of exercises or routines in the ring. The purpose is to display that a dog has been trained to behave well as a companion animal. The team is scored based on their precision of their performance in the competition. … Continue reading »

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Do you want to be successful when showing?

Your approach to dog training has a big impact on the actual show results that you will get. As long as you have the right mindset about training, you can be sure that your dog will become a confident partner. Here are a few tips that will help you and your dog become a great … Continue reading »

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DIG ~ Distractions initiate Games

What is it? Concept: Distractions are a cue that a reward or game is coming – Visual & Auditory.  Pay close attention to discover what your dog’s threshold is in varied environments and situations!  Working with distractions will help your dog to become confident and will enable him to concentrate and successfully do his “job” … Continue reading »

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Have you thought —

about EVERYTHING your dog and you need to know and do BEFORE you enter a show?   It can make or break your show debut! My dog: Has been trained to meet my criteria for every skill he will need while in the ring. (This includes transitions to and from the ring as well as … Continue reading »

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Make a Plan

Before you begin to train, consider exactly what you want train. What do you want to accomplish? For example if you’re training your dog to sit consider the following questions: How will you cue the command? Will you give your dog a verbal or physical cue or both? How long should your dog sit? What … Continue reading »

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Rule of Wings

Or The Best way to Read a Course! One of the hardest things I had to learn about agility was “reading courses” or understanding the best way to set the tightest most efficient line for my dogs. Over the years I have come up with, what I feel, is a great way to look at … Continue reading »

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Success is in the Proofing PDF

The proofing book is now available in PDF format. Teach first and then test! Many trainers are aware of the important role “proofing” plays in a balanced training program. Now there is a book devoted exclusively to this important training concept! Written with both the novice and advanced trainer in mind, this book presents readers … Continue reading »

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Do you want to be successful when showing? … ESTABLISH GOALS!

One of the first items on your agenda will be to set goals for you and your dog. The old adage, “there are only so many hours in a day” holds true when you are making short and long term goals. You will have to decide exactly how much time and effort you are willing … Continue reading »

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Mental Toughness training

Time to start planning and working on 2014!!! To realize your full potential, you have to start training your mind as well as your body! Just as you develop physical skills and techniques, you must learn to develop these sports psychology mental skills. What are these mental skills? •  Staying relaxed under pressure. •  Focusing … Continue reading »

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Want Success when Showing?

TAKE THE TIME TO PROOF! In addition to going to new locations with your dog, be sure to thoroughly proof all skills and exercises. This means games, transitions and releases too. As soon as your dog responds correctly to your command or cue 80% of the time, begin to proof his understanding of that skill. … Continue reading »

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How Do You Grade Yourself?

If you had to grade your dog training and showing practices, what grade would you give yourself?  Base the grade on effort and time spent in planning training sessions, thinking about goals and working on you either by continued education or fitness. Many of us get by with just an “average” grade spending some time … Continue reading »

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Practice Stays!

PRACTICE THOSE BORING, BUT NECESSARY STATIC EXERCISES! There are two types of dogs. Those that have had stay problems and those that will! This applies to START-LINE STAYS as well as obedience and rally stays.  STAYS can be in a line with other dogs, in a position with the dog by himself such as when … Continue reading »

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Showing

How many times have you heard, “I am so nervous when I show” or “if I can only qualify _____”. The sad part is this type of statement is putting the handler at a mental disadvantage. I am referring to the state of mind in which you show often affects the outcome of the performance. … Continue reading »

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Difference between a skill and an exercise.

What is the difference between a skill and an exercise???? An exercise is something I am required to do in the ring.  Drop on recall, heeling, sign in rally, agility course etc.  All of these are exercises.   Things we are required to do at shows. Skills are individual tricks I teach my dog.   As my … Continue reading »

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Avoid Repeating Commands

Once your dog knows a command, state it once in a clear tone. Avoid using repetition if your dog does not respond. He may learn that he can ignore you. If you find your furry friend turns a deaf ear, go to him, and gently reinforce it. If your dog is still resistant, it may … Continue reading »

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Remember ~

Be Positive —  Use positive reinforcement when you train your dog by offering treats, games and a lot of praise if he performs something correctly.  Be Patient – Patience is key when you are working with your dog.  If you have had a bad day or are in a bad mood, don’t attempt to train … Continue reading »

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Want Success when Showing? Proof!

TAKE THE TIME TO PROOF! In addition to going to new locations with your dog, be sure to thoroughly proof all skills and exercises. This means games, transitions and releases too. As soon as your dog responds correctly to your command or cue 80% of the time, begin to proof his understanding of that skill. … Continue reading »

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Attention Training

Dogs crave attention! This can be positive or negative attention. They will learn quickly what gets your attention and sometimes it doesn’t matter if you’re singing their praises or yelling in frustration. The key is to give him positive attention for appropriate behavior and replace the bad behavior with something that would be acceptable.  IE … Continue reading »

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