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Whenever you begin a training session, help your dog transition from a mindset where they are 100% engaged with their environment to where they are 100% engaged with you.  

Here are the steps that you have to train your dog to anticipate by doing this every single time you get ready to practice or compete. Your goal is to teach your dog how to move through this transition quickly so that you can blur the difference between mind...

Agility training and coursework is physically challenging and agility dogs are true athletes subject to strain, accute and chronic injury and will need to be tolerant of (and enjoy) supportive care (chiropractic, massage, accupuncture, fascia work etc..)

Many dogs are sensitive to and can misunderstand the invasiveness associated with inspection, joint manipulation, stretching, range of motion work and being restrained or carri...

Tug can be such a common behavior (between dogs and people, and between dogs themselves) that we sometimes take for granted that all dogs love to tug.

In fact, many dogs will happily tug away in mindless games, but many don’t- and even more don’t understand how to work for a chance to play tug.

In addition, some dogs (especially keen ones) don’t necessarily value precision in their tugging. Most dogs instinctively try to grab as...

 Fetch is such a good game (once you build the basic version) that you can use it to teach a huge variety of skills. Here are some example of the dozens of games of fetch that I play both with my own dogs to build agility skills but also dogs in other activities such as search and rescue where these skills are of paramount importance.

Teach your dog to bring things to you, chase you with things in their mouth, and happily give the toy up to play again or to play another game. Being able to make the choice to bring a treasure back to you is one of the strongest partnership and relationship skills a puppy can be taught. Some dogs come with it naturally, many do not and it has to be built.

If your dog does not have a natural desire to play with toys, carry them...

As you build your foundation, it will be beneficial to your future training to teach your dog to happily work for whatever reward you happen to offer. 

Treats work well for stationary behaviors, thoughtful mindsets, and when your dog needs to move carefully and with finesse.

Toys work well for acceleration behaviors, building drive, for overcoming physically challenging obstacles and to build bravado.

To teach your dog to value w...

In order to be able to train your dog – you must be able to control what your dog finds super fun.

That means you will be competing with squirrels, ring crew, other dogs having a blast etc... 

You will need to learn what your dog finds naturally rewarding and then build on it so that your dog learns to value things that you can provide.  

The wider the range of rewards that your dog learns to value - the more effectively you...

There are 6 specific things that your dog needs to understand in order to interpret your communication with them throughout the training process. 

Keep in mind that your body language communicates as much or more to your dog as what you say!

Tone is hugely important to dogs, be authentic with your voice and body language.

1.  Teach your dog what it looks like and sounds like when you are inviting them to engage with you. As you b...

Because you teach your dog that your movement and energy are highly reinforcing (via play) – you will want to balance their level of stimulation when you move with some self control so they know the difference between play and covering ground quickly. 

Teach your puppy what to do when you move at a variety of paces.  

It is natural for them to be stimulated by faster paces and what comes naturally to them in response is probably...

This builds upon your orientation to side foundation skill so that you can call your dog to either side.

This enables you to be able to move your dog easily, start training behaviors, manage their focus, direct their energy etc... Some people name this behavior, but you can also eventually cue it by tapping your outside leg on the side you want the dog to come to (or any other cue you would like).

Again, your puppy classes will...

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