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The Art Of Picking A Puppy For Schtzhund Training
By Joseph M Sabol
For a working dog to earn a prestigious Schutzhund title, he must excel in obedience, tracking and protection. So, how can you determine the ability of a playful, young puppy for such a demanding Read more...

 

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Dog Training Mission Bay: Teaching Your Dog To Obey
By Roland Parris Jefferson III
Having a dog is very enjoyable especially if your dog is obedient. If you live in Mission Bay, it is best to find a dog training school in your locality. The good thing about sending your dog to a Read more...

Training Puppies Not To Bite: Tips For Dog Owners
By Richard Cussons
Finding effective solution on how to stop puppy biting is one of the issues that bothers many dog owners. Some cases seem to be so hopeless, leaving dog owners with no choice but to abandon their Read more...

 
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Dog Training: How To Stop Your Dog From Pulling On Their Leash
I am pretty sure that your dog pulls his leash every time you take a walk with him. And I am certain that you get annoyed especially when he takes you for walk instead of you taking him for a walk. Read more...
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Dog Agility Training For Fun
By Jennifer J.
Dog agility is a sport in which handler directs a dog off-leash through obstacle course in a race for time and accuracy. Obstacle course consist of various tunnels, jumps, a tire jump, weave poles, a Read more...
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Dog Training - Coping With The Death Of Your Dog
By John M Williams
The passing away of your dog is a sad time for all pet owners and a moment we all would like to avoid altogether although it is a natural process of losing a good friend or family member there are Read more...


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Dog Training Tips: Things I've Learned About Agility Dog Training
By Melissa Buhmeyer

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I've owned many dogs, throughout my life, but have never known exactly how to train them properly. I based my training on punishment and just couldn't figure out why that didn't work that well. But, almost two years ago, I started training my Papillon for agility competition. She was extremely high-drive and I knew she'd really love it. So, I found a good agility training school and off we went. We've been competing, very successfully, for almost a year now and, looking back, I learned so many important things about dog training!


First of all, most trainers require that dogs have completed at least a basic obedience class before proceeding to agility training. This is critical to agility training and, in my opinion, every dog and handler could benefit from a basic obedience class. I learned that I have a food-motivated dog and that she will work her heart out for highly prized treats, not for punishment! There are skills you and your dog will learn, through an obedience class, such as recalls, sit/stays, down/stays, and walking nicely on a leash. Each of these skills is something you will need every time you compete, not to mention day-to-day life with your dog.

The pace of your training will always be set by your dog. Each dog learns at a different speed and, what comes easily for one dog, may not come easily for another. So, be very patient while training your dog any skill. Make it a game. Let your dog take as much time as it needs, without getting impatient or frustrated, to figure out what behavior you want from it.

All tasks must be broken down into small pieces, whether the task is a simple sit, the beginnings of obstacle training, or more complex tricks or agility sequences. If you break the task down to something small, then mark/reward and repeat, several times before making the task larger, you will have success without stressing the dog out. For example, when training an agility tunnel, you scrunch it up to its smallest form. Have someone place your dog at the entrance while you sit on the ground at the exit, with a treat, and call your dog. As soon as the dog comes through that little piece of a tunnel, you mark/reward. Slowly begin expanding the tunnel using the same technique. In just a few minutes, you'll have your dog going through however long a tunnel you need.

For agility training, once the dog begins obstacle training, there is never a wrong answer. Dogs get confused, and may shut down, if they start being told they're doing the wrong thing, so keep the training light and never scold for doing the incorrect thing. If the dog doesn't do what you want it to, you simply do not mark/reward for that action. You just ask again and, the minute you get the correct response, mark/reward and make a huge deal of it. That will make your dog more anxious to give you that same answer again. As you start competing, you might want to use a particular word to indicate the incorrect response, such as "uh oh," or "oops," but not with a scolding tone. This will indicate that the dog will be asked to try again but everything is fine between the two of you.

Lastly, always keep the training fun for both you and your dog. Even when you start competing, or have been competing for a long time, this is critical. If you start getting caught up in the competition and title-winning, you might forget why you started agility to begin with: because it's fun! When the game stops being fun, your dog won't enjoy it anymore and neither will you. Agility is a wonderful sport and will forever secure the relationship between you and your dog. Run fast, run clean, and, above all, have fun!
Melissa Buhmeyer has been involved in dog agility training for two years and is co-founder of www.dogtraining-school.com/, a dog training school resource site for aspiring and professional dog trainers.

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Dog Training Methods - Negative Dog Training Methods Of 30 Years Ago
By Daniel Waser
I know it is hard to believe that your tiny, adorable, and helpless little puppy may grow to be 30, 40, or up to 100 more pounds of rambunctious flesh in just a few months from now. Of course this Read more...

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