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Taking the Show on the Road

Spring is right around the corner, and for many of us that means show season is here!  Are you getting ready to show your dog?  How do you decide when your dog is ready?  What shows to enter?  How many shows in a row do you enter?  All of these can greatly affect your performance […]

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A New Path

A New Path Over the years my training and my training business have been a work in progress. I always strive to make training enjoyable for the dog as well as the student, and over the years have adjusted my classes and my own training to reflect that. I also decided a long time ago, […]

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Side Effects of Good Training

Many of you reading this have met my dog, Einstein, through one of Margaret’s courses either as a demo dog, or more recently working her nose work classes. What most of you don’t know is Einstein’s whole story. Einstein is my first dog (ever!), and I didn’t really know what I was doing when I […]

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The Gift of Safety

I was thinking recently about the role feeling safe plays in good training. How I want my dog to feel that no matter what choice they make, the worst thing that will happen is loss of reward. But what really is safety? What does that mean? According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, safety is defined as: “freedom […]

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Go Treat Yourself Like a Dog Today

It’s those little tiny moves toward what we want in a behavior that we reward when shaping our dogs. So, they may go from nose touching a dumbbell, to slightly opening their mouths, we see that change toward what we want and we make note of it, reward it, letting the dog know we want […]

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