How to Build a Rally Course

Building a rally obediece course correctly and efficiently is a skill that will serve you well as a rally obediece competitor. People who can build courses well, will build them more frequently, and people who build courses more frequently will likely practice courses more frequently. Below are my tips for making course building more efficient.Continue reading “How to Build a Rally Course”

Training dogs? Learn when to ask for help.

In the age of the internet, where dog training information on every subject is only a click away, I’m noticing something very interesting amongst dog trainers. We’ll spend hours researching a troublesome dog training topic on Facebook, Instagram and even on Tiktok, but often it doesn’t occur to us to actually ask another for help.Continue reading “Training dogs? Learn when to ask for help.”

Competing in Dog Sports with a Non-Traditional Breed

I don’t remember much about my first herding trial with Bear, but I remember one thing with absolute clarity: Someone looking at Bear and exclaiming something to the effect of, “Ooh a Rottweiler, is he having mutton for lunch!?” Fortunately, when you own a Rottweiler, you get used to people making assumptions about your dogContinue reading “Competing in Dog Sports with a Non-Traditional Breed”

7 Questions to Consider Before Using a Demo Dog in Your Class or Seminar

A recent discussion with a friend about the difficulty of teaching a class with a demo dog got me thinking about the use of demo dogs in the dog training world. I’ve taken a lot of classes with my dogs over the years and attended many seminars and clinics. Demonstrations have been part of manyContinue reading “7 Questions to Consider Before Using a Demo Dog in Your Class or Seminar”

4 Tips for Combatting ‘Just-one-more-itis’

If you’ve ever had a fabulous training session that ended poorly because you chose to ask your dog for ‘just one more’ repetition of a behavior too many times, you are familiar with the affliction I call ‘just-one-more-itis’, or JOMI. It usually happens because we humans are highly reinforced by sucess in training. A friendContinue reading “4 Tips for Combatting ‘Just-one-more-itis’”

40 Unconventional Food Reward Ideas for Dogs

If you are using positive reinforcement to train your dog, chances are that you are using food to reward your dog. The reason most of us use food is that you can reward multiple repetitions in a short amount of time, compared to tossing a ball or playing tug. When looking food rewards, a lotContinue reading “40 Unconventional Food Reward Ideas for Dogs”

35,000 km: 2020 in Podcasts

Despite having fewer show and trial opportunities due to COVID-19, I still managed to log a decent number of KM on the Kia Rio this year. During those long drives, I rely mostly on podcasts and e-books for company. Below, are my 15 favorite podcasts of 2020, in no particular order. Drinking From The ToiletContinue reading “35,000 km: 2020 in Podcasts”

9 Ways to Welcome BIPOC at Dog Shows and Trials

I’ve been thinking and talking alot lately about the lack of color diversity in the dog world. A couple of weeks ago, after a very long discussion about life, dogs, racism, and the general state of the world, my friend Perri asked me what she could do help a person of color feel welcome atContinue reading “9 Ways to Welcome BIPOC at Dog Shows and Trials”

How to Support your BIPOC Dog Training and Dog Sport Friends

There has been some conflict recently in a dog training community that I consider myself a part of. I know I know, what else is new, right? This time, the source of this conflict was a seemingly innocuous question. Someone observed that the dog training/dog sports community appeared to skew towards white women, and wonderedContinue reading “How to Support your BIPOC Dog Training and Dog Sport Friends”

FREE Rally Obedience Course – May 1, 2020

Course Details Level: Novice (CARO) Space Required: 50’x50′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: Big challenge in this is course is the changes of pace at 15, 16 & 17. In some cases, handler cues were late at 16 causing dogs to forge ahead. In other cases, the handler did not change pace within the required distanceContinue reading “FREE Rally Obedience Course – May 1, 2020”