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Nose Bridge

There are at least three ways I use my hands around my dog's head for positioning - Chin rest (dog places their head in my hand), Pocket hand (dog places the side of their head/muzzle against my hand) and Nose bridge (dog pushes their muzzle up into my hand). I use a...

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Play – arm tunnels!

I love playing with dogs - all dogs! How much do you know about playing with dogs? Take this short learning quiz if that interests you. Here's a video to give you inspiration if you'd like to add play to your dog-focused activities.  Here I'm using an "arm tunnel" to...

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Position Changes

I am adding platforms to Dice's position changes.  The long platform in front ensures that he move his body straight back and forth.  The back platform is perpendicular and has a different texture - that platform gives him a rear foot target, which encourages him to...

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Stand out of motion

Today I worked a little heeling (not shown), and putting some pieces of the moving stand together, along with adding a bit of endurance to our contact heeling. Steps for moving stand.  This will set up for for the AKC stand out of motion where a hand signal is allowed...

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Training with Classical and Operant Conditioning

Today is all about the video! I did a Facebook live yesterday on teaching with both classical and operant conditioning - both are valuable! Trainers tend to think in terms of operant conditioning - an "if/then" statement where the dog recognizes how their choice leads...

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