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...

Confidence

Confidence is key when it comes to competition dog sports. We want to protect and grow our dog’s confidence throughout the training and competing process. We can build our dog’s confidence by listening to our dog when they say that they are concerned about...

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...

Fluency Games

At home, when we are extremely happy or a bit cranky, we often say our cues to our dogs differently. When we are in the ring with our dogs and we are nervous, oftentimes, we will say our cues differently as well. We might also have a different expression on our face...

Clever Utility Dog

This weekend, Clever Livy was entered in Competition Obedience in the Utility ring. Utility is often referred to as “futility” because there are so many decisions the dog has to make at a distance from the handler and just like most trials, you cannot have...