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 […]

16 Oct 2014

Training Tip – Establishing a Solid Reinforcement Structure in a Dog’s Life Can Drastically Change Their Life for the Better

When your dog learns to really love earning rewards in the forms of playing with YOU, and tugging and food from YOU, then working for YOU becomes worthwhile and a joy for your dog.

Without having proper rewards that your dog really, really loves, then working for you just isn’t much fun.

Our goal is to have a dog that enjoys playing and working; engaging with us should be the most rewarding thing in their life!

This goal is for any age, breed, size, and history. Bee, Greg and Laura’s rescue Chi/Terrier, was a feral 3 month old puppy in April. Now in […]

23 May 2014

Training Tip – Let’s Play

Physically playing with your dog is an important factor in helping to create the toy drive necessary in agility. The main goal behind using tug toys in agility is the interaction between the dog and handler. Learning how to have a physical game without the use of a toy is a great stepping stone to moving on to enthusiastic and fun games of tug.

Physically playing with your dog first will help elevate their heart rate, kicking in the other physiological changes necessary for speed and drive, and will teach you both to love your unique technique of interacting with one […]

23 Jan 2014

Training Tip – It’s all a GAME!

Begin and Finish every training session engaging in an energetic GAME with your dog, be this tug or initially just physical play.

This routine will create a very strong association between PLAY = WORK = FOOD = WORK = PLAY = HAPPY and ENTHUSIASTIC DOG!

Class starts for our Ultimate Reinforcement course on Monday, 27 January.  Hope to see you there!