Category: Dog Training: Skills

Junior Handling Reporting on Puppy Peaks Training Month 5

Posted on 02/25/14 5 Comments 4-H-Symbol

This month it was fun for me to find out that Libby is giving back to her community by being a 4-H leader.  4-H has grown around the world in their mission of “engaging youth” to reach their fullest potential.  Seeing Libby spreading positive training to fellow juniors is very exciting.  Libby herself a junior trainer/handler […]

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Handling360 In Action!

Posted on 02/09/14 96 Comments pic for blog

I just uploaded this new video where you get to see many of the elements of the Handling360 program in action. Yesterday I pushed away from the computer to run my dogs an an agility trial in Michigan USA, and I videoed my runs to share with you. Since I have been focused so much […]

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Junior Handling Reporting on Puppy Peaks Training Month 4

Posted on 01/25/14 9 Comments Elliott and me Scott kiss

Libby Rockaway and her dog Elliott chose one of my favorite training games to shorten one of those cold winter weeks in Kentucky, and is wearing only a sweat shirt! Ohhh to have sweatshirt weather again! Winter weeks here in Canada are ranging in the -22C (-7F) range. “Sist’as Turn” is a game I first […]

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Junior Handler Reporting on Puppy Peaks Training Month 3

Posted on 01/11/14 6 Comments Merry Christmas Elliott Tree

Happy New Year… I love this time of the year… new training, new goals! Libby Rockaway has been sharing with us her training from Puppy Peaks for the last 2 months. Her post last month was about helping Riley learn the confidence to wear a head halter. Libby took her lessons from Puppy Peaks and helped […]

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Could I Be A Dog-Loving Mentor?

Posted on 01/03/14 176 Comments IMG_2097

To some dog owners who participate in performance sports around the world I am considered a dog training “mentor.” Definition: men·tor  ˈmenˌtôr,-tər/ noun: mentor; plural noun: mentors 1. an experienced and trusted adviser. Being a mentor is an honour I take very seriously. Why would Susan Garrett be considered a mentor? Possibly because of the national or […]

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Bad Dog Agility Interviews Susan Garrett

Posted on 12/12/13 4 Comments Great pic captured by Lynne Brubaker at the WAO Championships in May 2013.

Earlier this year Sarah Fernandez Lopez asked me if I would sit down with her for a session of their “Bad Dog Agility” podcasts. Sounded like fun so I said sure! Then I thought, why not make this into a video (since that is the medium we more commonly use around here). And Sarah said […]

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Puppy Training “Peeks” . . . Month 2

Posted on 12/06/13 10 Comments IMG_8840

In last week’s post, I introduced you to Libby Rockaway. Libby has been brought onto the Say Yes team as our new “Junior Puppy Peaks Reporter.”  She is a young and talented trainer (check out her impressive resume), who is passionate about obedience and dog agility, and more importantly, is passionate about improving the lives […]

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Puppy Peaks Review: Month 1!

Posted on 11/27/13 7 Comments Libby and Elliot Practice Puppy Peaks

Yesterday, I introduced you to Libby, who is our new Puppy Peaks Junior Reporter, here to give you a monthly “peek” into Puppy Peaks from her perspective. Thanks to each of you for making Libby feel so welcome! Libby is a 16-year-old dog trainer who we first met during our Puppy Peaks registrations this fall. […]

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Dog Training From A Junior Handler’s Perspective

Posted on 11/21/13 36 Comments Libby, Junior Reporter for Say Yes

When it comes to dog training, I recognize that everyone is in a different place in their journey.  Your needs may differ based on the challenges you face with your pet, your experience level, your goals for your dog (dog sports? obedience? Or just a happy, well-behaved family pet?), and finally, your age. That is […]

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The Two Sides of Dog Training: The Right and the Wrong Way

Posted on 09/05/13 75 Comments

Big decisions in life (which result in a dramatic turn either left or right) are made by weighing the pros and cons of either direction. Nobody confidently steps away from the direction they feel is the right way. So we have to assume each of us has some level of certainty when making decisions in […]

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