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A few early puppy training lessons

There are many ways to start a puppy or young dog on the early skills required for dog sports.  This video demonstrates two useful things - 'choosing' to work and the start of heel work. In this video, puppy Kismet (11 week old Dutch Shepherd) and her mom are having...

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Pre-Engagement and Engagement webinars!

I'll be teaching two webinars for Fenzi Dog Sports Academy (FDSA) on Thursday evening.  Consider these webinars if: Your dog struggles to engage with your training plans the second you step out of the house. Your dog struggles to maintain engagement if there is no...

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Food refusal for dog sports

One of the exercises in Ringsport is food refusal.  This was fun to teach!  We're not done yet, but here's our current progress with small slices of hot dog - next up will be bigger chunks: Here are the steps: 1.  A solid down stay. 2. Cue "leave it" and throw a...

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Distraction Training with Elements of Engagement

This video shows my young dog Dice in a field with active gophers. I want to work. He wants to dig them up. Here you'll see a combination of distraction training with my Stages of Engagement. I want him to choose to opt-in but that's not easy under these...

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Concept (goals) or Criteria (process)?

The majority of behaviors that I teach are accomplished via reinforcing specific criteria. I know exactly how I want the dog to look at each step of the process as they move towards the final behavior. This is a process-driven approach. Other things I teach as...

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