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The Number One Reason Teaching Duration Behaviors is Hard (And A Simple Trick to Make it Easy)

Are you one of the lucky few who find duration easy to train? Or are you like the majority of us, and struggle with getting duration on behaviours? Because it's an abstract concept, duration can be quite a challenge to teach. Often we can get it for certain...

The Strategy for Building a Training Plan You’ll ACTUALLY Stick To

(Caveat: If you're reading this post after the COVID-19 storm has passed and the world has gone back to normal, or a new normal, everything I have to say below is still relevant and useful to making your training plans a reality! So, read on…) The COVID-19 pandemic...

Rethinking It’s Yer Choice (IYC)

Over the past few years, I’ve experienced a significant shift in my approach to training: I've become extremely aware of the need to improve my communication skills (clean handler mechanics, anyone?), and have been working hard to make that happen. I observe my dog's...

Handy Tools of Communication Part I: Marker Systems!

Well here it is, Friday again! No, you didn't miss last week's Note. I didn't send one I'm afraid. Sorry about that! We had a major winter storm pending and I had to do a mad scramble to prepare the farm for the arctic blast. The work ate up a lot more of my time than...

The silver lining to pain

Today I want to talk about something that touches us all: Pain. Specifically, I want to talk about how pain relates to our life with dogs. It's an important topic, and one we rarely talk about. For the past few weeks, I seem to be bumping up against the topic of pain...

Getting Control of Overwhelm

Today I want to talk about a problem that's endemic to the dog training community: Overwhelm. I suspect you know what I'm talking about: So many sports to explore! So many classes to take! So much foundation work to do before I can do anything else! Help! Overwhelm is...

Rethinking It’s Yer Choice (IYC)

Over the past few years, I’ve experienced a significant shift in my approach to training: I've become extremely aware of the need to improve my communication skills (clean handler mechanics, anyone?), and have been working hard to make that happen....

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Handy Tools of Communication Part I: Marker Systems!

Handy Tools of Communication Part I: Marker Systems!

Well here it is, Friday again! No, you didn't miss last week's Note. I didn't send one I'm afraid. Sorry about that! We had a major winter storm pending and I had to do a mad scramble to prepare the farm for the arctic blast. The work ate up a lot more of my time than expected, and Friday came and went. But I'm back on track this week! (Frozen livestock well and water hauling for 40+ animals from the house not withstanding, we all made it through the storm just fine, thanks for asking!) In our last discussion, we talked about the importance of clear communication in training, and I promised...

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The silver lining to pain

Today I want to talk about something that touches us all: Pain. Specifically, I want to talk about how pain relates to our life with dogs. It's an important topic, and one we rarely talk about. For the past few weeks, I seem to be bumping up against the topic of pain everywhere I turn. Either one of of my favourite podcasts is talking about it, or someone I know is dealing with it. And, lately, my perfect little princess---Desirée---is experiencing it. Let me start with Des, because dealing with her pain is possibly the hardest. Especially since I can't actually tell if she's in pain, and if...

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Getting Control of Overwhelm

Getting Control of Overwhelm

Today I want to talk about a problem that's endemic to the dog training community: Overwhelm. I suspect you know what I'm talking about: So many sports to explore! So many classes to take! So much foundation work to do before I can do anything else! Help! Overwhelm is at least in part the product of the internet explosion of dog training options, which is actually a really awesome problem to have. When I first started training, I was limited to working with whomever was local to me. Or to learning from books. Both were great options, but limited in scope. Life was simple as a result: I would...

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