Brito – Way back when!

I wrote the following blog when Brito had been in my home for about two weeks.  It’s always fun to look back, so…here’s Brito when he was about five months of age: Here is an eleven minute training session of Brito from this morning.  You can see a...

Three seconds of work

I frequently talk about the importance of scaling back on duration without compromising criteria when you are training in environments that are challenging for your dog. For example, I have suggested that if your young, distractible, or novice dog is not ready to heel...

Teaching Direction of Travel

In the Utility class of obedience, your dog must be able to follow a direction of travel for both the directed jumping and the directed retrieve exercises. Taking a line of travel as directed by the handler is a basic foundation skill, and can be taught completely...

Heeling, anyone?

Heeling is the foundation of obedience. Fortunately I love heeling, so I’m very motivated to find ways to make it beautiful, accurate and engaging for me and my dog. I also enjoy teaching heeling to other handlers, probably more than any other obedience skill....

Brito Flashback!

Brito has been here about six months now; he’s barely a puppy anymore! While working on some class materials I found a video that I took of Brito the first week that he was here.  I used portions of this video to introduce him to the world but I picked...

Brito – Retrieve over High Jump

Here are some steps that I am taking with Brito to train a retrieve over high jump; maybe this can help you get started too. I have not yet introduced the stay before the send. I also did not bother with the dumbbell hold in front.  If I were ready to add in the...