Getting a Handle on Housetraining Issues

For many dog owners, housetraining is the #1 thing we want our dogs to learn. In my experience it is also one of the most frustrating and emotionally charged training issues that dog owners struggle with, and I can relate. Yes I’m a dog trainer and, yes, I’ve had house training issues… When Epic cameContinue reading “Getting a Handle on Housetraining Issues”

Pupdate – Week 22

22 Weeks Today, I started teaching Epic the foundation of turning left by using our trusty stool. Turning left is one of a number of skills I think are important for rally dogs to have. The bonus is that pivoting on a raised surface is also a great way to strengthen a dog’s hindquarters andContinue reading “Pupdate – Week 22”

9 Skills to Teach your Novice Rally Dog

As a rally judge I have often observed that for some dog and handler teams, not having one skill can result in a number of point deductions and even disqualification. For example, when a dog and handler team has trouble with left pivots, then they almost always have difficulty with left turns, about “U” turns,Continue reading “9 Skills to Teach your Novice Rally Dog”

Pupdate – Week 21

21 Weeks, 1 Day Weight: 21.2 kg / 46.7lbs I took Epic to the vet this morning to have her ears looked at they have become gradually dirtier and itchier over the past week and I suspected an ear infection. Dr. Radcliffe took one look at her ears and said, yup it was an earContinue reading “Pupdate – Week 21”

Pupdate – Week 20

20 Weeks This evening, Epic and I went to our very first conformation fun match together. I was very nervous about the whole thing. I wasn’t worried about how we would do and more worried about the judgy-ness of the people around us. As we waited our turn it occurred to me that my nervousnessContinue reading “Pupdate – Week 20”

Pupdate – Week 19

19 Weeks, 1 Day This morning Epic went for a spa day while I headed across the border to pick up some items for work. She got a bath, and this time even a blow dry and full dremel grinding job on her toes. She did not settle well while waiting her turn and IContinue reading “Pupdate – Week 19”

Pupdate – Week 18

18 Weeks Since today is Halloween, I took a few photos of Epic..and her pumpkin. This evening was also my last class in Portage La Prairie so I decided to bring both dogs with me since I wasn’t sure what Sean had planned and to avoid the barking etc that tends to go on whenContinue reading “Pupdate – Week 18”

Pupdate – Week 17

17 Weeks, 1 Day Today, Epic went to the groomer all by herself! It’s the first time I have left her for a time without being in the vicinity. It’s well past time she started learning to be confident with me there. She’s now comfortable with baths, and I can do her toenails, so itContinue reading “Pupdate – Week 17”

Pupdate – Week 16

Week 16 In preparation for our trip to Red Deer, AB tomorrow, I took Epic for a bath at the Dog Wash this evening. I let her run around the room while I got ready and this time, I had her climb into the tub herself. Epic has never been particularly fond of the tub,Continue reading “Pupdate – Week 16”

Pupdate – Week 15

15 Weeks Epic is now big enough for her pink ‘big girl’ harness. I bought this for her about 3-4 weeks ago hoping she could go right into it after the ‘baby’ blue harness but alas we had 2 weeks of no harness. I’m glad this now fits because her puppy collar is also gettingContinue reading “Pupdate – Week 15”