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Could my two keys be your two keys?

Susan Garrett

Training a dog can be an amazingly joyful or an unbelievably frustrating use of your time. What separates these two experiences is one thing and only one thing and that is your dog’s immunity to distractions. Truth. The biggest saboteur working against reaching your goals in dog training is how attracted your dog is to […]

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Distraction Work in Dog Training: A Conversation Between Friends

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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Tugging With the Dog

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

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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Puppy Distractions Go to a New Level!

As I have been travelling around North American over the past two weeks, my now 19 week old puppy has gotten lots of great experiences. First he travelled with Lynda and I on an 18 hour car trip down to Perry Georgia. He was a model of perfection. Never once making a peep while crated […]

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Stressing in the Real World

For the last six months or so I have been observing my friend’s struggles and successes with her new Standard Poodle puppy. I thought her story was one that could help a lot of people so I ask her to share it with all of you. Here is Helen and her story. When it was […]

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Head Games


I love to play head games with my dogs and I know they love it to.  I don’t mean this is a cruel way but rather in a challenging way. I teach something through shaping with lots of reinforcement. Let’s say there are 10 critical elements to understanding the skill, for example a nose target at the […]

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