Blog

CONNIE'S CORNER

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...

Continue Reading...
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...

Continue Reading...
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....

Continue Reading...
Assuming the Worst benefits of mistakes inspirational obedience Oct 06, 2021

I was training a Golden Retriever for field trial competition, a competitive event where hunting dogs compete against one another in retrieving and other aspects of bird hunting. He had developed a...

Continue Reading...
Teaching Directed Jumping directed jumping foundation Jul 16, 2021

When training the new obedience dog, I divide all the exercises into 5 skill sets. Your dog must learn heeling skills, stationary skills, recall skills, jumping skills, and...

Continue Reading...
Fronts With Two Leashes commands teaching the exercises Jul 12, 2021

Techniques Change, Goals Don't!

Teaching a dog to sit straight in front of you requires that your dog know how to maneuver his body from side to side. 

Techniques for teaching your dog to...

Continue Reading...
Warming Up Using Your Reward Marker preparing to show Jul 01, 2021

Warming up, before your performance, can be difficult due to limited space and Covid restrictions.

If you use a Reward Marker (clicker or word), and your dog has a powerful response to that...

Continue Reading...
Heeling: Dealing with Forging and Sidewinding heeling Jun 28, 2021

If you've spent much time with me, you know that I believe dogs make two kinds of errors; effort errors and lack of effort errors. Forging and Sidewinding are typically effort errors and they are...

Continue Reading...
Opposition Heeling - Help for the Lazy Heeler! heeling Jun 16, 2021

Updated 1/12/22 - At the time this video was recorded, I was not utilizing a Reward Marker. I've made several edits to the article below (written in red text) to include exactly when you should use...

Continue Reading...
Heeling with Attention heeling Jun 07, 2021
Hi there-

As I travel and teach around the country, it is clear that teaching a dog to pay attention during the heeling exercise remains the most frustrating aspect of dog obedience.  A dog...

Continue Reading...
Proofing, the Benefits of Mistakes (all the exercises are related!) proofing May 11, 2021
Proofing Part III:

A dog that is reliable on the sit stay, recall, and retrieve has the foundation needed for a successful obedience career.

This is Part III in a series of videos that I’ve...

Continue Reading...
Proofing is Not Just Adding Random Distractions preparing to show proofing May 04, 2021
Proofing Part II:

The word, proofing, is bandied about, and there are even “proofing classes” being taught. This makes me nervous, as extreme distractions can easily make a dog...

Continue Reading...
What is Proofing? benefits of mistakes preparing to show proofing Apr 28, 2021
Proofing Part I:

One of the greatest frustrations for obedience competitors is failing.
Not earning a green ribbon is a drag.

Years ago, I had a dog that was very inconsistent. He would go from...

Continue Reading...
Never Waste A Failure! inspirational preparing to show Apr 05, 2021

It’s been ages since most of us have had a chance to compete, and it’s exciting to think about showing again . However, showing is not without its challenges. Some of us are crating...

Continue Reading...

Did you enjoy the article? 

Signup to receive more free training TIPS & TRICKS from Connie.

KEEP ME POSTED