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Don’t Forget to Laugh!

Posted on 03/12/12 20 Comments

There have been some great reports written on my last blogpost after the last newsletter. I am happy to see so many of you are starting to exam the triggers your dogs have have that prompt responses from you. I just want this to be clear; Susan Garrett’s dogs do posses triggers that will prompt her […]

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Triggers To Reinforcement

Posted on 03/09/12 150 Comments

The first newsletter in my new series Focus for Work was sent out today. For those of you that are working on the homework assignment I am using the blog as a place for your to comment. Would love to hear your thoughts on the series and your assignments. For those of you not on […]

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How Good Is Your Glue?

Posted on 03/08/12 142 Comments

What’s Missing In Our Foundation Dog Training ? The laws of science have taught us all how to use reinforcement to shape our dogs’ responses. As we train a dog we are actually building behaviour, like a little girl with her glue gun making crafts or . . . if you were a little girl with […]

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Dogs are Amazing and Will Do Everything You Want If You Have Cheese!

Posted on 03/07/12 45 Comments

Today’s blog post is part of a global effort from the “Dog Agility Blog Action Day” group. We are all blogging on the same topic which today is “If I knew then what I know now.” Think about that for yourself, what would be different? What would that extra knowledge mean to you? It would […]

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The Future of the Bully Breeds In Ontario Gets Another Vote This Thursday

Posted on 02/21/12 86 Comments

On Thursday of this week the Ontario government will be once again voting on the future of “Bully-Type” breeds. Today I wrote a letter to my MPP, I emailed it but also intend on sending a hard copy. I encourage everyone living in Ontario to do the same. Below is a copy of the letter […]

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Distraction Work in Dog Training: A Conversation Between Friends

Posted on 02/05/12 74 Comments

Recallers 3.0 is “officially” over in that the lessons and webinars have all been delivered. However the community is still wildly active inside. Many of the students are repeating the course all over again, as a group! Lynda O-H has been running a series of “Crate Games” challenges for everyone. Another amazing group of students (and staff) and […]

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Did I Make a Difference?

Posted on 02/02/12 105 Comments

That question was suggested to me recently as one to think about “Susan, how would you answer that question at the end of your life.” Did I make a difference? I know my mom and dad made a difference raising 8 amazing children of their own and adopting two other equally amazing children (I won’t […]

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Power for Today!

Posted on 01/11/12 27 Comments

Can you think of a time in your life when you just didn’t feel you were “good enough”? When your self doubts, and frustrations seemed to be a constant companion?You might be there today? I think we all get there at one point or another. Maybe you are struggling with losing weight or trying to learn […]

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Tugging With the Dog

Posted on 01/05/12 47 Comments

There were some great comments on my tugging post yesterday as to why you thought long duration tugs had the potential for more focus for the environment while short bursts of tug games alternating with other responses created great attention for the handler. You pretty much hit all of the points I had prepared for […]

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The Duration of The Tug Sessions

Posted on 01/04/12 118 Comments

Tugging is a big part of my dog training, I hope it is also a big part of yours. It is a great reinforcer for most dogs. For those dogs that are not currently big fans of tugging, it is a skill that be cultivated with work on your part . . . yes I […]

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