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.”

To Cue, or not to Cue?

A few weeks ago, I had a bit of training dilemma, followed by a training epiphany, followed of course, by a new training dilemma. Training Dilemma #1 Epic and I have been working a lot on heeling lately for rally trials. Occasionally Epic will drift a tiny bit. Sometimes it’s a forge, sometimes a lag,Continue reading “To Cue, or not to Cue?”

Rally Course of the Week – August 23, 2013

Course Details Level: Novice (CARO) Space Required: 50’x 50′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Download this Course: CARO 50′x 50′ Course – Novice (T13-001)

Rally Course of the Week – June 28, 2013

Course Details Level: Novice (CARO) Space Required: 50’x 65′ Designer: Ayoka Bubar Download this Course: CARO 50′x 65′ Course – Novice (T12-053)

Running Contacts à la Trkman: My thoughts

Since I spoke about running contacts in my 2012 wrap-up post,  I thought I would take some time to share what we did in more detail. I had been toying with teaching a modified four on the floor before our training was interrupted in 2009. What I had been trying to work towards was aContinue reading “Running Contacts à la Trkman: My thoughts”

Looking ahead at dog related goals for 2013

Now that things are slowing down (relatively) for the winter I’m taking some time to consider what I would like to work on this year. I had  look at my 2011/2012 goals and, while we worked  little bit on all of them, the only ones we achieved was fixing the back up 3 steps forContinue reading “Looking ahead at dog related goals for 2013”

2012 in Review: 12 dog related accomplishments

Now that we are officially into the year 2013, I have been thinking about what a huge adventure the year 2012 was for Bear and I. We tried some new things, we succeeded at some things, we failed at others. I smiled a lot, I laughed a lot, I cried a little. Below are someContinue reading “2012 in Review: 12 dog related accomplishments”

Sniff It – Week Four

By now we have a regular Sniff It routine here – we do our homework every morning – Bear thinks this is a wonderful way to earn breakfast. This week in our class, our first assignment was to make things more challenging happening for our dogs by adding more containers, more boxes and more containersContinue reading “Sniff It – Week Four”

CARS AAC Agility Trial: November 17-18, 2012

Two weekends ago, after our disastrous attempt at CKC Rally, Bear and I attended an agility trial hosted by Canine Agility Racers here in Brandon. I entered this trial weeks ago but to be honest, I was not looking forward to it at all – mostly because I was exhausted. A trip to Calgary plusContinue reading “CARS AAC Agility Trial: November 17-18, 2012”

Sniff It – Week Three

This week our assignments involve making things more difficult for dogs and encouraging them to use their nose. We used two exercises to do this. The first exercise involved hiding containers in boxes. One container was filled with food, the other was empty. The dog’s job is to find the food container, my job isContinue reading “Sniff It – Week Three”