Cue clarity

Is your dog reliable and fluent with their verbal cues? Saying the verbal cue while you do a hand signal is an easy pattern to fall into and for lots of dogs it delays the dog being able to do the verbal cue without the hand signal. Try this. Try to separate the...

Footwork and Fancy Free

Feet together, left foot forward, “heel.” This is the footwork that I was taught for heeling. I never questioned it. I just did it. I first learned about heeling footwork, before I even had my first competition dog, and I was taught that you always step forward with...

Lurers Anonymous

Luring is an easy dog training method! You simply place food in the dog’s face and lead the dog to make the choices that you want the dog to make. Luring has its drawbacks though. Luring puts the teacher in the position that the cue is the body motion of the lure....

Are You Micromanaging Focus?

Let’s say that you want to go chase down the ice cream truck and your teacher or parental figure doesn’t want you to chase vehicles. There are a few options for the teacher. The teacher can force you to not chase the truck. They can watch your every move and interrupt...