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 …

Gameness….. The Most Beautiful Word In The World.

“Gameness is the most important trait in the world. Because, it’s the one that allows all the other valuable traits to matter. If you are honest….. But only when it’s easy…… You suck. If you are compassionate….. But give that idea up the moment shit becomes tough…… you suck. Gameness is the first and most important trait. It opens the …

Teaching Is What You Do WITH Your Dog

By: Ashley Majetic “Teaching is what you do WITH your dog; Conditioning is what you do TO a dog” Chad Mackin, Dog Training Conversations Podcasts Think about it for a moment……………..alright, maybe take five or ten minutes. It took me almost a full day to truly comprehend this and make a connection and correlation to what aspect of training I …