Don’t Make Your Dog a Victim

By: Ashley Majetic Call me “crazy”..…and this is truly going to sound bizarre, but it is quite possible that I’ve encountered quite a few dog owners in the past few years that would clinically meet criteria to qualify as having Munchausen’s By Proxy. Yes, you read that correctly! MBP, for those that may be unfamiliar, is actually a mental illness …

Guest Post: You Just Got to Have Patience

Written by Ashley Majetic of Steel City Weight Pull Club: When I first got started in weight pull, I received several pieces of advice from many trainers, and competitive weight pullers. Some of that information came without prompting from random people online, or from folks who read on a forum somewhere that in order to have the “best dog”, I …

Spring Pole Epiphany

I recently had an epiphany at a Spring Pole. Typically, I train tug held by the handler first, and then we work our way out in responsibility and area of influence, to flirt poles and spring poles. And… That’s a solid plan that’s worked well. I’ve seen dogs that get put on a spring pole without an “out”, and a …

Turns Out…….. Play IS as important as I think!!!!!!

We’ve been saying for a few years now that play is a hugely important part of training. And, we’re not the first! Ivan Balabanov has been saying it for decades!!!! Turns out, according to a new Ted Talk, science is backing up this approach. Check it out!!!! There is so much info in this video. Validates not only Play As …

Atten….. HUT!!!!!!!!

Not sure if that’s how you spell that, but you heard it in your head when you read it. Attention. Focus. Distraction Proofing. Temptation Resistance. Whatever you call it…. It’s the holy grail of dog training. If you ain’t got attention. You ain’t got shit. And it doesn’t have to be harsh. Here’s an example of us working on temptation …

Drag Work For….. Everything!

OK, maybe that’s a little strong. But….. Drag Work is good for almost everything. Helps me condition the collar as a communication tool and not a restraint device. Helps give the dog an outlet for “conflict”. Helps with creating a healthy fulfilling lifestyle. And, it can even help with leash reactivity with a bit of selective attention! Not to mention …