Should I stay or should I go now?

Should I stay or should I go now?

One of the challenges of learning “stay” from the dog’s perspective, is humans often want to teach it in a very vague manner, which leaves the actual stay itself very poorly defined. It’s compounded by the fact that we usually aren’t thinking very much about sitting...
Avoid These 3 Mistakes Before Your First Dog Show

Avoid These 3 Mistakes Before Your First Dog Show

Of course, there are obvious things like “don’t enter before you are ready” and “read the rulebook” (if you haven’t read it, you can find the AKC rulebook here), but you don’t need me to tell you that. And frankly, I’ve been told that many times, and it just...
Interview with a Dog Training Goddess: Leslie McDevitt

Interview with a Dog Training Goddess: Leslie McDevitt

Is there a trainer out there that has significantly influenced you in a major way? I have several, but one of the top women that changed the way I look at training is Leslie McDevitt. I loved her book and, as soon as I finished it, I purchased the accompanying DVD...
Backing Up Like a Boss! Part 2

Backing Up Like a Boss! Part 2

Do you break into a sweat when you see this sign on a rally course? Out in the open, with not a single ring gate or wall near by? Backing up in heel position is a challenging exercise for both dog and handler. We don’t always move too smoothly in reverse on our own,...
Backing Up Like a Boss!

Backing Up Like a Boss!

Why should we bother teaching the dog to “back up”? It’s an important movement skill, which helps the dog learn to use his body safely and efficiently. It’s a skill that is used in rally directly (the dreaded “3 Steps Back”), but it’s also helpful in strength...
A Weekend Brag – Rugby’s First Trial

A Weekend Brag – Rugby’s First Trial

This past weekend, the pups and I traveled down to Catawba, SC to show in the C2P2 CDSP trial weekend. It’s one of my favorite clubs to show with. Good people, great facility, and a lot of fun. And I have to admit we had a pretty successful weekend. Spark...