Over a year and a half ago, I posted a blog called the Side Effects of Good Training talking about how life (and competition!) for my anxiety dog is easier and better because of the training techniques that I use. Einstein had his last obedience show over three years ago, and at the time, I […]
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REAL LIFE, REAL RECALLS FOR REAL DOGS AND TRAINERS
That is the attitude I want on my recall! I had just come back from a Bailey/Farhoody Chicken Workshop and had a consult with a young family with a lovely young lab. One of the main reasons I was there was that they could not get the dog to reliably come in […]
Why is the Predictable so hard to do?
You mean to be consistent, right? You know exactly what you want, no problem. Why do you find yourself rewarding what you don’t want then? Why did you get that head drop on the figure 8, or the dog that comes off the nose work hide, instead of staying there? Welcome to the […]
In All Fairness
You go to buy a vehicle and the seller says to you, “in all fairness, the car needs new brakes”. You are going to buy a house and “in all fairness”, the seller discloses that a big box store will be built next door. You decide to go on vacation to another country, and your […]
Reward Placement to Help Your Heeling
“Click for action, feed for position”- Bob Bailey Remembering to use your reward to your advantage can help you in a lot of training situations, including heeling. Happy training everyone!
Free Your Training From This Frequent Error
You see, but you do not observe”-Sherlock Holmes Free your training from this frequent error The above quote is something that really fits all dog sports training. You need to not just “see” behavior of your dog, but you need to observe it. Observation involves noting changes and perceiving what is really happening in […]
Positive Reinforcement – Friend or Foe?
There it is, that stupid lag on the fast again! Or maybe foot movement on the Stand For Exam? How about a dog that finds a nose work hide and runs to you for reinforcement instead of staying there? Any of this sound familiar? Many times our use of positive reinforcement in training can […]
“Normal” Dog Training
I wish I had some magic pill, the kind that fixes everything. No, I would rather have the pill that never lets anything break, especially in my training. Do you find yourself having a nice retrieve behavior and now you seem to have mouthing attached to it? Or did you have a killer Drop On […]
Stating the obvious, or are you?
Did you ever have a conversation with someone, and you thought you were talking about the same thing, and at some point, you realize you may not be? I always think of the credit card commercial with “Frog Protection” or is it “Fraud Protection”? Frog/fraud/frog/fraud, then they both agree they are talking about the same […]
Getting a strong start has been on my mind a lot recently, for many reasons. One is that it is so important, in any sport, to be able to start your performance with strong intent, from both you and your dog. In obedience this means walking into that ring and you and your dog are […]