March 14, 2012

I am absolutely wild about training puppies to want to learn, try, work, focus, stay, go, turn, follow etc. etc. etc.

They are so eager to do things that it is  hard not to jump right into the things you care most about.

I want a sit on a startline so you start working s...

March 13, 2012

Here is a somewhat organized cheat sheet of my dream list of puppy foundation behaviors, roughly in priority order.  Of course tailor your priorities to what your individual puppy needs.  A shy puppy needs opportunities to learn to be confident, a high energy puppy may...

March 13, 2012

Lets go train the puppy to do a tunnel! How can that possibly go wrong?

Well, the blue text in this hypothetical transcript of a private lesson shows the training trajectory you want to be on.

The orange text represents the situation that an owner puts themselves in...

March 13, 2012

Foundation behaviors are skills that enable your dog to learn agility-specific behaviors.

Having a strong foundation enables you to train the things you envision as agility-related (obstacles, response to handling cues, coping skills for competition environments etc.) e...

March 11, 2012

Below is a list of things I consider when looking for a future agility teammate. As you read the list, you will probably notice that there is a lot of educated guessing that has to take place with a puppy, remember you have other options.

Selecting an older puppy or res...

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