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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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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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