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New Obedience Puppy? How Much Can You Really Teach Him? basics obedience puppy Nov 24, 2020

If you are in the market for a new puppy, whether it be your next obedience, agility, scent work, tracking or field partner, a puppy’s education is far more likely to be limited by your...

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Judges' Perspective: an evening with Bob & Cathy Knight obedience preparing to show Aug 30, 2020

On August 25, I had the pleasure of conducting a webinar with judges, Bob and Cathy Knight.

Bob and Cathy have been training dogs together for nearly 50 years. Together, they have earned 7...

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Improve Your Obedience Training & Battle Pandemic Fatigue with Video how dogs learn teaching the exercises Jun 29, 2020

Battling Pandemic Fatigue with A Virtual Match

When this pandemic ended life as we knew it, I was blessed to have recently created an online community of obedience enthusiasts at ...

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UKC Glove Exercises: Directed Marked Retrieve & Directed Signal Retrieve: Part II gloves obedience teaching the exercises Mar 26, 2020

Part II: The Directed Signal Retrieve

The Directed Signal Retrieve epitomizes the importance of breaking down an exercise and teaching your dog the individual pieces before you try the...

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UKC Glove Exercises: Directed Marked Retrieve & Directed Signal Retrieve: Part I gloves obedience retrieve teaching the exercises Mar 26, 2020

The UKC Utility degree contains two glove exercises.

The first, the Directed Marked Retrieve, requires the dog go directly to one of three gloves. The handler stands in the middle of the short...

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UDX or OTCH? goals inspirational preparing to show Feb 19, 2020

A friend called the other night to tell me she'd gotten her third UD leg. "I'm going to start entering Open and Utility now, and I'd like to try for UDX legs." She told me.

"Hold on," I told...

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What Does It Mean to be a Good Sport? inspirational Feb 19, 2020

I have never known life without competition. My father was a tennis player and coached an NCAA Division I school for 32 years. My mother was an 11 time All-American in field hockey and lacrosse....

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Words are Like Spells inspirational Jan 30, 2020

Words Are Like Spells

I was fortunate growing up to have parents that were willing to expose me to all kinds of activities ranging from sports to music and drama. While in elementary school I spent...

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My List of Commands commands obedience Jan 13, 2020

Early in my career, I became involved in training service dogs for the physically handicapped. I have trained dogs to pick up dropped items, pull wheelchairs, open and close doors, operate light...

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How Dogs Learn how dogs learn principles Jan 13, 2020

Many years ago, in an attempt to better communicate with my students; I developed a flow chart of training principles that guide me. These principles apply to all venues of dog training. The...

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Don’t Let Anyone Steal Your Joy inspirational Jan 13, 2020

As a fifth grader, I was so excited to be selected to play Mammy Yokum in the school wide production of the musical, Li’l Abner. That is, until the popular, blond headed child, cast as Daisy...

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My Dog Runs From Me (Teaching Your Dog to Allow You to Catch Him) come obedience running away Jan 13, 2020

There is one thing worse than a dog that does not come when he is called. That is a dog that runs away.  

In Beginner and Puppy classes we teach "Come" using the following four steps:...

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Perfecting the Dumbbell Pick-Up retrieve retrieve on the flat retrieve problems Jan 12, 2020

Perfecting the Dumbbell Pick-up

One of the most frequently asked questions that I receive is about dogs that have poor dumbbell pick-ups. Some dogs hit it with their feet, some push it with their...

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The 70/30 Split obedience preparing to show Jan 08, 2020

It certainly seems that after you teach your dog to perform the obedience exercises, you should be able to go to an obedience trial, and earn your title.  Unfortunately, simply learning the...

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