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Weekly Challenge

Each week a new “challenge” will be posted. It will be a proofing challenge and will have a brief explanation of “How to.” The challenge will involve a Rally, Obedience, or Agility skill.

Weekly Challenge 7/25/2014 ~ Stands

Set up – This week’s challenge is Stands for Exam. Start with a stationary stand and progress to a moving stand. Ask a friend to help with this challenge. Purpose – This drill teaches your dog to remain in a stand regardless of the distraction. Tips on success – Start your practice with your dog … Continue reading »

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Weekly Challenge 7/11/2014 ~ Showing?

  Set up – This week your challenge is to go to a dog show.  Pick the venue or venues you want to show!  Is it Obedience, Rally or Agility? Purpose – This drill enables you to watch and study other handlers in the show scenario.  Observing others gives you the opportunity to see how … Continue reading »

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Weekly Challenge 7/4/2014 ~ Behind the barrier!

Weekly Challenge – Houston Dog Shows ~ 7/17-7/20/2014 Set up – This week’s challenge is skills and tricks behind a barrier. Purpose – This drill teaches your dog to pay attention and to perform skills such as tricks, obedience commands and/or signals with the distraction of a barrier between you and your dog. Tips on … Continue reading »

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Weekly Challenge 6/27/2014 ~ Directed Jumping

Set up – This week’s challenge is Directed Jumping. Place a high and bar jump 20′ apart. Solicit the help of a friend as your distractor to stand or sit next to a jump either in a chair or on the floor. Purpose – This drill teaches your dog to pay attention to your signal … Continue reading »

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Weekly Challenge 6/20/2014 ~ Fig 8 and Gates

Set up – This week’s challenge is the Figure 8 and ring gates. Keep focus on your dog while going around posts and towards or past gates. Place gates 4 – 10′ from your Fig 8 posts. While baby gates can be used, try placing your posts near other distracting objects such as walls or … Continue reading »

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Weekly Challenge 6/6/2014 ~ Heeling Distractions

Your challenge this week ~ Heeling Distractions Set up – This week’s challenge is distractions while heeling. Place a few objects such as toys, dog bowls or treat bags on the floor where you will be heeling. Also, you can use this challenge for the Figure 8 work. Purpose – This drill teaches your dog … Continue reading »

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Weekly Challenge 5/30/2014 ~ Problem Solving

Your challenge this week ~ Problem Solving Have you ever had a skill or exercise fall apart? Not sure how to handle it? Does your dog perform all skills and exercises perfectly to your criteria every time? Do you want to feel comfortable and confident how to handle a problem when the issue arises? Set … Continue reading »

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Weekly Challenge 5/23/2014 ~ Gloves

Your challenge this week ~ Gloves Set up – Enlist the help of a friend and a set of utility gloves. Place the gloves out in the 1, 2 and 3 positions that would be in the Utility ring. Proofing – keep in mind that proofing in itself is a skill and has to be … Continue reading »

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Weekly Challenge 5/16/2014 ~ Threading the Needle

Your challenge this week: Threading the Needle Set up – Place a bar and a high jump (or 2 of either) and ring gates out. Any fence or barrier can be used in place of ring gates. The jumps should be placed about 20′ from the ring gates and can be placed anywhere from 4 … Continue reading »

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Weekly Challenge 5/8/2014 ~ Drop on Recall

Your challenge this week: Drop on Recall Dropping and downs at a distance are so important for many venues. Drops on agility tables, signal downs, drop on recall exercises or simple everyday control are some of the exercises that use downs. Set up – Place distractions such as toys, paper plates, jumps, dumbbells etc. in … Continue reading »

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Weekly Challenge 5/1/2014 ~ Distance

Your challenge this week: Distance Signals and commands at a distance are so important for many venues. Drops on agility tables, signals, drop on recall exercises and simple everyday control. Set up – Place a chair and an object such as a cone 5 to 20 feet apart. The distance between the chair and cone … Continue reading »

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Weekly Challenge 4/24/2014 ~ Entering the Ring

Your challenge this week: Entering the Ring All to often we watch a team warming up outside the ring just to enter and fall apart. The dog is worried and has little to no attention. WHAT HAPPENED? Being able to maintain attention while entering the ring is a valuable skill but how many of us … Continue reading »

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Weekly Challenge 4 17 2014 ~ Stays

Your challenge this week: Stays Set up – Have your dog and a few toys and treats. Purpose – This proofing drill teaches your dog to stay in position. If your dog moves, use a negative marker word (I use “you’re fired”) and place your dog back into the same position again.. If your dog … Continue reading »

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Weekly Challenge 4 10 2014 ~ Weaves

Your challenge this week: Weave Poles Set up – Have your dog, a set of weave poles (either 6 or 12), a toy or treat bag and gates (any object maybe used but I find gating creates the best challenge and is often a problem at shows). Purpose – This proofing drill teaches your dog … Continue reading »

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Weekly Challenge 4/4/2014 ~ DumbBell

Your challenge this week: Set up – Have your dog, a dumbbell and a toys or treats (in a bag, pouch, or in something where your dog can not self-reward. Have your dog next to you in a sit. Throw your dumbbell. Before sending your dog, do something unexpected such as a pivot to the … Continue reading »

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Weekly Challenge 3/30/2014 ~ Recalls

Your challenge this week: Set up – Have your dog and a few toys or treats (in a bag, pouch, or in something where your dog can not self reward). Set your dog up for a recall. While walking away from your dog, drop or toss the treat bag or toy four to six feet … Continue reading »

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Weekly Challenge 3/21/2014 ~ Pt 2 Line-ups

This week it is Part 2 ~ This week we will continue to “test”  your dog’s attention on line-ups and start proofing AND add Pivots. Your challenge this week: Set up – Have your dog and a few toys or treats (in a bag, pouch, or in something where your dog can not self reward). … Continue reading »

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Weekly Challenge 3/13/2014

Proofing your dog’s understanding of Line-Ups will help him to maintain attention while you are setting up for an exercise whether in the ring or training. Need to improve your Heeling and Attention? Check out our Heeling 101 Class Your challenge this week: Set up – Have your dog and a few toys or treats … Continue reading »

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Weekly Challenge 3/13/2014 ~ Set-ups

Proofing your dog’s understanding of Line-Ups will help him to maintain attention while you are setting up for an exercise whether in the ring or training. Need to improve your Heeling and Attention? Check out our Heeling 101 Class! Your challenge this week: Set up – Have your dog and a few toys or treats … Continue reading »

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Weekly Challenge Drill ~ Heeling

Proofing your dog’s understanding of heeling will help him to maintain attention and remain in heel position while in the ring. Need to improve your Heeling? Check out our Heeling 101 Class! Your challenge this week: Set up two rows of gating, parallel to one another, and approximately four feet apart. Leave an opening toward … Continue reading »

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