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Puppy Peaks Video Contest Voting – Day 1!

Well let me start off by saying, “WOW!”  Once again, the members of our wonderful community have managed to surprise me with your talent…not only as dog trainers, but as video makers as well!  Over the last two weeks, we have been running our 1st Official Puppy Peaks Video Contest.  Puppy Peaks is an online […]

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Improve Your Dog Training By Playing Like A Dog

Today, I  feel like I am only barely scratching the surface on the topic of tugging :)). Why Does My Dog Need To Tug? You may be asking yourself why the heck is tugging so darned important anyway? Personally, I believe all dogs should learn how to tug with their owners, but performance dogs in […]

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Don’t Forget to Laugh!

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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How Good Is Your Glue?

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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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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The Success Of the Puppy Peakers

Today we re-open registrations for Puppy Peaks, but just for the holiday season. Over the past two months we have had many requests to re-open the program so today is your day! When I thought about what to write for the blog, I thought who can I convey what Puppy Peaks is all about to people […]

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