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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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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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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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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...

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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...

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Fix ‘n Go-Pilot Concept preparing to show principles Apr 12, 2021

 

Starting April 1, the AKC instituted a new Fix ‘n Go program in obedience competition. This may be the single most important rule change that I have witnessed in my 50 years of...

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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...

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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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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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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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