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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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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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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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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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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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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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