Reducing reinforcers/Ring Readiness

Today I had an opportunity to do a semi-formal run through.  I had a few interests: I wanted to test Brito’s heeling in a distracting environment and when being directed by a pretend judge.  Because I am not ‘training’ heeling and because I need to...

Building Confidence with Scent Articles

For some dogs, scent articles are really challenging.  We teach them what we want (select the one that smells like me), they select correctly (yay!) and then… They stare at you. Standing at the pile.  Failing to bring it back. Waiting for a sign.  Something....

Trial Readiness Part 3: The Competition Ring

In the first two parts of this series we looked at the process of getting high quality behaviors and then generalizing those behaviors to new environments.  Both of these factors are incredibly important if you want to have a dog that can compete and succeed with...

Preparing for Competition: Squishing!

As many of you know, I now teach classes on-line at Fenzi Dog Sports Academy.  One of the courses I’m about to teach is a Ring Confidence Class.  In the process of preparing for this course, I realized just how many behaviors we can teach our dogs in order to allow...

Balancing games and precision in heeling

I love precision heeling.  I love seeing a dog heel with a perfectly parallel body, not moving out of position even an inch, pulling up on the left turns and powering through to the right. I also love heeling games!  I love how they add energy, flow, and confidence to...