Graduation Day!

I know many of you have been following Loker’s journey through his group class in the past few weeks so I wanted to let you all know his big day has come! He has officially graduated from his Courteous Canine’s class by Adventures in Canine Training! Looking back at our first day in class, he…

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Be a Leader, Not a Pushover

Follow the Leader by Sarah Fulcher of Barks and Recreation

Honestly, when I used to use traditional and dominance based methods, I never would have thought that I could earn a dogs respect and be a leader by giving treats. In fact, many traditional trainers see positive reinforcement trainers as “cookie pushers” and there may be a few out there that don’t quite understand the…

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The Gulf Coast

Rockport TX

This week we took a small vacation to the Gulf Coast near Corpus Christi. This was Loker’s first time experiencing salt water and it was pretty funny to watch him try to drink it then vomit it right back up! You could tell he was quite perplexed by the fact that he was completely surrounded…

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FMBB 2012 Tracking and Protection

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0IZk1aWxyk&feature=colike

I know there has been a lot of interest in incorporating positive reinforcement techniques into highly competitive dog sports. I want to share this video to that everyone can see that it is possible to use it and WIN! Chock chains, shock collars, or force are NOT necessary when it comes to intense dog sports and this man and dog are living proof!

Tracking lasts until about 7 minutes in to the video, then protection starts. Wonder watch if you have a few minutes!

Mario Verslijpe and Hasco Van de Duvetorre competing at the worldchampionships FMBB ( Belgian sheperds ) in Rome. A: 97 B : 98 C : 94. Later Mario won the finals : B 98 and C : 97,5 ( not on this video ). He became worldchampion for the 4th time : two times worldchampion FCI All breeds with his former dog Yagus van de Duvetorre and one time FMBB with Yagus. And now he managed to win the worldtitel again with his young dog ( only 3,5 years old ) Hasco Van de Duvetorre.

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Clicker Training for Cats!

I just recently adopted a young cat named Minnie Mouse. I agreed to foster her and her two-week old kittens until they got adopted, but tragically all the kittens passed away and she was the only one left. She grew on me and I knew her shyness wouldn’t help get her adopted at adoption days so…

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Quick Update on Loker’s Reactivity

Something awesome happened today on our walk! We were practicing loose leash walking again and a big man was approaching us on the same side of the sidewalk. I was letting him have a short potty break as this guy passed us. Before, Loker would have probably barked at him and what not, but this…

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Loose Leash Walking Update

Loose leash walking is a bit of a challenge for every dog. After all, what dog can resist the smells and sights of the world without the proper motivation?! I was having a bit of an issue because at points in the walk Loker would ignore the clicker and ignore anything I said. It was…

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Why Not Shock?

There are many dog training methods available to the public, but just like any professional service, you should do your research when it comes to hiring someone to work with your family and dog. Shock collar trainers have incredible marketing schemes and an ability to make shock collars seem comfortable and normal for any dog.…

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