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Training Recall – CGC Challenge Day 3

Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 in Blog, safety, tips, training videos | 0 comments

Training Recall – CGC Challenge Day 3

There are many ways to train a recall, and I occasionally use different techniques with different dogs. But by far my favorite method of teaching recall is using a hand target – teaching the dog to come and bump their nose against your hand when you call them. This gets them to come all the way to you, make contact with you, and makes it easy for you to grab their collar in an emergency. It also gives them a very clear goal – come *right here*. Here is me teaching Sinclair the beginnings of the hand target recall. He has done some recall work in his past life (come and sit front,...

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Sinclair’s CGC Challenge – Day 1

Posted by on Sep 28, 2012 in Blog, fostering, training videos | 0 comments

Sinclair’s CGC Challenge – Day 1

(To find out what Sinclair’s Challenge is, check our post from yesterday.)┬áToday, my goal was to find out what he could do, and to start working on what I know he has a problem with – polite walking. I knew he had already learned sit, down, and stay, but he surprised me with how well he knows them! However, there is a key piece to this puzzle that is missing. Watch and see what we need to work on: We also started working on polite walking. Look how much can be accomplished in a 5 minute training session! I always tell my clients, don’t try to set aside big chunks of time to...

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Tugging With Your Dog

Posted by on Jul 6, 2011 in Blog, safety, tips, training videos | 0 comments

Tugging With Your Dog

Tug is a great game to play with your dog – it can be a great reward during training, a great way to exercise, or just a lot of fun! Contrary to what you might have heard, tugging does not cause your dog to be aggressive. That being said, there are rules to tug that your dog must learn and follow for both of you to have fun and stay safe.   Rule #1: Do not take the tug unless I give you permission Your dog should not try to snatch the tug from you when you’re not ready for him. You need some sort of cue that tells him it’s ok to grab now – “ok”,...

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