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The Perfect Performance- Animated and Accurate! inspirational preparing to show May 17, 2022

When we are competing in obedience, our dog's mindset should be both, animated and accurate.

I don't think our dogs can be in that perfect balance at all times. If training has been...

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Setting SMART Goals for Competition Obedience goals inspirational Apr 11, 2022

Last year, I talked to several competitors that were feeling unmotivated. Some had no upcoming trials to prepare for due to COVID, while others had an injured dog or recently started a...

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Creeping Forward on the Drop Signal command discrimination down drop on recall signals Jan 28, 2022

When giving the down command, does your dog creep forward as he drops? This annoying problem can occur on the Signal Exercise in Utility or the Command Discrimination Exercise in Open. This...

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Herrnstein's Matching Law preparing to show reward markers Jan 20, 2022

Last fall, M and I made our Utility debut. In this video, she failed, and this performance offers me a great way to bring up and explain Herrnstein's Matching Law, which says;

"When there are...

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Make Your Dog Want to Perform | Step 3: Tackling Performance Problems preparing to show reward markers Jan 13, 2022


Solving problems that occur in the ring is much easier when you use a well-conditioned Reward Marker. In today’s video, I offer you some examples.

As you start afresh in 2022, I hope I have...

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Make Your Dog Want to Perform | Step 2: When to Use Your Reward Marker reward markers Jan 10, 2022

What Exercise Do You Need Your Dog to Love to Perform? 

I remember being really discouraged with my inability to teach my dogs to perform in the absence of food or toys. Like most...

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Make Your Dog Want to Perform | Step 1: The Importance of a Reward Marker how dogs learn reward markers Jan 05, 2022

All of us want our dogs to enjoy obedience training and competition. Many of us can teach our dogs to perform the exercises, but how do we teach the dog TO WANT to perform? 

Last summer,...

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Meet "Pan" deMonium! My Thoughts on Raising a Performance Puppy foundation puppy Nov 17, 2021

Meet "Pan" deMonium! He's a 7-week old Border Terrier that I've agreed to raise for a family member. Pan will be with me until he is 16-weeks-old. His owner has expressed an interest in exploring...

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Raising a Performance Puppy - Pan deMonium at 9 weeks foundation puppy Nov 10, 2021

This post is a continuation of "Raising a Performance Puppy". If you missed part one, check it out HERE.

Pan, the Border Terrier that I am raising for a family member, is now 9-weeks-old! Each...

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Raising a Performance Puppy - Pan at 10 weeks foundation puppy retrieve Nov 08, 2021

Socialization is introducing your puppy to sights, sounds, and surfaces. In this video, I use some boxes that arrived to expose him to the skills of tunneling and climbing. Add to that, the...

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Raising a Performance Puppy - Pan at 11 weeks foundation puppy Nov 04, 2021

Pan has left infancy behind and become a toddler. His coordination is improving, his attention span is growing, and his boldness and intensity are increasing. 
I am continuing to work on...

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Raising a Performance Puppy - Pan at 12 weeks foundation puppy Nov 03, 2021

A puppy's brain is malleable in these early stages of development.  Concepts that they learn early become deep-seated and long-lasting. This week, I am building on his experience of taking...

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Raising a Performance Puppy - Pan at 13 weeks foundation puppy Nov 02, 2021

Pan’s obedience lessons are getting a little more complicated as I am doing very little luring and expecting him to perform to earn reward. Practicing multiple skills in a variety of orders...

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Raising a Performance Puppy - 14-16 weeks foundation puppy Nov 01, 2021

I consider all of the exercises in the sport of obedience to be included in five skill sets. That is,
1. Heeling skills,
2. Recall skills,
3. Stationary skills,
4. Jumping skills, and
5....

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