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Reactive dogs in Mexico

This is a rather poorly named post because there were no reactive dogs in Mexico. Not one. Not one snark. Not one growl. Not one lunge.   Moreover, the dogs at the conference where I taught looked perfectly happy and relaxed. So many new friends to play with!  All...

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Wait. I’m not the perfect trainer?

I got the following response to a recent blog: "I'm pretty sure I've heard YOU use No Reward Markers in your training." I have no idea how to respond to that. You should see what I do when a squirrel cuts across the front of my house and all three dogs go careening...

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To reinforce or not to reinforce, that is the question

Today I was reviewing a video for one of my online classes. The student was aware of three specific criteria to be met before she would reinforce with a cookie.  Everything was going great! And then, right in the middle of her training session, her cat walked through....

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Training: Open middles or tight edges?

You are preparing your dog for competition, and you are at the point where you take your dog to novel places to practice. If you do obedience or rally, that includes jumps, signs, etc.  For agility, you've packed up a few jumps and a travel board and whatever else you...

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What is trial readiness?

When I say a dog is "trial ready"  I mean that he is fully prepared to compete and has a good chance of being successful at a real event. That means that my dog is comfortable in crowds, can handle the pressure of the competition ring, and is not relying on classic...

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