Your Chicken’s Not Ready

The words ran through my mind last weekend when I was showing Maggie, a little Russell Terrier, in Utility at a big busy show.  She did a beautiful signal exercise and the next exercise was scent discrimination and when she went out to the pile, she selected the correct article and carried it right out […]

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Engaging Your Dog to Start Training

So, I want to train my dog, but before I can do that, I have to get my dog to want me to work them.  That’s the crux of positive dog training; the dog wants to do it so bad, that you allow them to work with you.  Engagement is the name of the game.  I looked up […]

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How To Train A Chicken To Drop On Recall

I mean a Corgi to Drop on Recall, sure felt like a chicken, though J  As some of you know, I’ve been training with Bob Bailey and Parvene  Farhoody at their Operant Conditioning workshops this summer.  I’ve been training chickens, or more correctly “chicken models” (no swimsuits needed!).   It’s been an eye opening experience for me.  These girls are quick, and […]

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Problem Solving Scent Discrimination

I think the thing I love most about dog training is the constant problem solving. It’s fun when you get to put behaviors together and then get to go in and fix any weak link in the chain. Sometimes I feel like I can’t blink and miss something the dog is telling me. This just […]

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Importance of a Foundation in Training

I’ve taken the leap and started a blog, and what else would I blog about except dog training? I was teaching a Nose Work class recently and saw one of my student’s dogs watching the handler as it was searching. This is a huge red flag for me, why would a dog that was searching […]

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