14 Aug 2015

Training Tip – Be Prepared!

Next time you plan to train your dog, be totally prepared before you get your dog out of his crate.  The idea being that when you do get to work, you can immediately jump into your training without any downtime that would cause your dog to become disinterested in you.  When a handler is not prepared, their dog usually finds or allows other things to hold their attention such as other dogs, other people, sniffing the ground and many other environmental distractions.

So, next time you train, have all your bits of food prepped and easily accessible along with a tug […]

24 Jun 2015

Training Tip – Hand Touches

One of the easiest yet most valuable behaviours we teach our dogs in foundation, and that we use throughout their lives, is the hand touch.

First, it is how we start all puppies with “learning to earn” and “shaping” as it is such a simple thing for them to figure out – you can use their meal times to earn each piece of food. It also becomes the default “please” behaviour, which is essential for creating and maintaining a great work ethic. Every time they want something, they say please with a hand touch.

It is a behaviour that happens […]

11 May 2015

Course Announcement: Ultimate Jump Start

Ultimate Agility is proud to present… Ultimate Jump Start!

Are you ready to transition from Foundation to Jumping Understanding & Independence? Do you have an older dog who lacks jumping confidence and independence?

This is the course for you!

Greg and Laura share their program for starting all of their young dogs over jumps, and provide detailed steps for progression towards jumping independence.

Registration is OPEN NOW!

Class starts 25 May, and runs for 4.5 weeks.

Visit the Online Courses site to learn more, and sign up today!

22 Jan 2015

Training Tip – Surprise Rewards

A fun game while out with your buddy is to find new and interesting things to play with in the immediate environment. Here I am at the beach, rewarding Bee for a great recall with a piece of seaweed – the texture, taste, smell, and the way it moved, made for an intensely different and fun interaction!

The primary benefit of developing a solid reward base is that your dog understands that in all environments, and during any circumstances, what you have to offer is better than any environmental factor. Being prepared with treats and a toy to play tug […]