Recent Blog Posts

Take a break or Go to mat

Teaching your dog to “Take a break” or “Go to Mat” is a very useful exercise with all dogs.  Whether your dog is a family pet or competition obedience or agility dog this gives your dog a clear alternative behavior to work or unwanted movement around the house.  This video will show the foundation steps on how to start.  Watch for future video’s that will cover more advanced steps.

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Crate Training 101

Introducing a crate to a puppy or young dog is a great tool that we will use for housetraining. In this video, I will lay the foundation for my housebreaking program. First, we introduce the crate and get the dog comfortable next we start to teach them an appropriate place to relieve themselves.

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How to introduce footwork while walking your dog.

Now that your dog is walking on a loose leash how can you add physical cues? These cues will help the dog understand where you are going and how they should follow you. Foot cues are a way to standardize the help we give our dogs when heeling in competition obedience or just out for a walk. Being consistent and mindful of what you do with your body will help your dog be better on the leash and off the leash.

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How to teach Loose Leash walking

How do you teach your dog to walk on a loose leash?  It takes practice and patience.  Consistency is key!  Don’t expect an overnight miracle because you will need to build it step by step.  The biggest mistake dog owners make is going too far of a distance with a young dog and expecting brilliance.  The sooner you start the better but go slow.  This is an age-appropriate behavior and expecting a youngster to be great on a loose leash just sets yourself and your dog up for failure.

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Private lessons can be arranged at one of our facilities or your home.

Each program is individually tailored to meet the needs of each owner and dog team. Rick uses positive training techniques in all of his programs for pet ownership and competition.