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Making Time

Life is busy right now.  That happens - life being busy.  It's hard to keep up.  Priorities have to be made and then one goes from there. This blog?  I can put it aside.  This post?  Short and sweet! - Time....time is the issue. Once upon a time, dogs did their own...

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Communication

Imagine this: You're walking your leashed dog on a trail and you see a leashed dog approaching.  The owner tenses, pulls the dog to their side, and starts a string of random phrases aimed at their dog along the lines of "Leave it.  No.  Uh huh!" etc. You've seen it...

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Creativity in Training

I'm a fan of adding as much creativity as possible to training - for all sports.   The official reason is that creative training automatically strengthens your dog's skills; dogs who can fetch twenty different objects of different sizes and shapes have a much easier...

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Beyond the Basics – Chapter 10

I wrote a book called "Beyond the Basics." The purpose of this book is not to give you specific steps to solve a problem as much as to offer a framework for how to think about problems - which is likely to lead to rather obvious solutions. I've been discussing the...

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The half-click

What do you do when you predict a successful repetition in a shaping session and then, just as you are pushing down on the clicker, something happens? The anticipated behavior is not successfully completed? Uh oh.  Your brain told you not to do it but your finger...

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