Winter Tracking!

Well for some reason, 6 minutes has done wonders for my own motivation to get back into training with Bear. This weekend, we had some wonderful weather, especially for February in Manitoba and so, while I had some bread rising and some beans simmering on the stove, I ran across the street to lay outContinue reading “Winter Tracking!”

100 reasons for not training and 1 good reason for getting off the couch called Micro-Training

  I had some new years goals (call them resolutions if you want)…and then life intervened. By life I mean unexpected expenses, the death of one of our cats, a slow December at work followed the busiest month EVER at Prairie Dog Daycare. I’m working 50+ hours a week and to top it all off,Continue reading “100 reasons for not training and 1 good reason for getting off the couch called Micro-Training”

Rally Course of the Week – January 16, 2012

Course Details Level: Excellent (CARO) Space Required: 60’x70′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: This is another straight forward Excellent course with the exception of the weave poles as the first station. Some dogs, especially those who compete in agility, will leave for the weave poles right off the start line and this may incur out of position deductions. Download this Course: CARO 60′x 70′ CourseContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – January 16, 2012”

Rally Course of the Week – January 9, 2012

Course Details Level: Advanced Team (CARO) Space Required: 60’x70′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: This is a great team course for distracted dogs as most of time, each team will be working in their own half of the ring. There is the mandatory pass designed at the beginning of the first pair’s course and the end of second pair’s course. When deciding which halfContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – January 9, 2012”

Rally Course of the Week – January 2, 2012

Course Details Level: Advanced (CARO) Space Required: 60’x70′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: This is another bic Course with a lot of sits (13!). Since you only have 3 minutes to complete all this work, you need to be working towards a smooth performance without having to take the time (and point penalty) for extra cues. It also helps to move at a briskContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – January 2, 2012”

Tender Tuna Treats

At the last Rally Obedience Trial we attended in Regina, Saskatchewan, I borrowed some of my friend Dayna’s tuna fudge for one of our runs and Bear just about lost his mind. Tuna is not something Bear gets on a regular basis so I got to thinking I should make some grain free tuna treatsContinue reading “Tender Tuna Treats”

Rally Course of the Week – December 26, 2011

Course Details Level: Excellent (CARO) Space Required: 60’x70′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: In this fairly straightforward Excellent course, the main challenge is working relatively closely to obstacles and the tunnel in particular seems to be a difficult obstacle for many dogs to ignore. Using obstacles as distractions in training is always a good idea, especially if you have a dog withContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – December 26, 2011”

In defense of ‘doing nothing’ with a dog

“Gee your dog has it pretty easy; he gets treats for doing nothing!” I overheard this comment from one person to another at a rally trial last year. Comments like this really grind my gears…so please, allow me to dust off my soap box and offer you a few short points on why unhelpful statements likeContinue reading “In defense of ‘doing nothing’ with a dog”

Rally Course of the Week – December 19, 2011

Course Details Level: Advanced Team (CARO) Space Required: 60’x70′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Comments: This course has each team waiting near the centre of the course while the other team works around them which may or may not be something your dog is comfortable with. It’s a good idea to think about practicing your team runs while waiting with your dog in variousContinue reading “Rally Course of the Week – December 19, 2011”

Carting with a Clicker: Ready to Hitch

The Rules There are very few harnessing and hitching guidelines in the CKC Draft Test Rules and Regulations (2011). The rules are as follows: Hitching and harnessing are the only times when the handler may touch the dog. The dog must stand during harnessing/hitching/loading/unhitching. During the harnessing and hitching, the handler’s skill and the dog’sContinue reading “Carting with a Clicker: Ready to Hitch”