Paw-some Ponderings

What’s the Difference

Posted May 12, 2017 at 9:24am

I tend to look at the world a little differently.

This won’t shock many of you.

I love coaching dogs and their people. As a coach, I am always looking for ways to help my teams improve, whether they have a puppy that’s just being a puppy (but you fear you may not let the dog live past tomorrow), or whether your team is about to step into the competitive NoseWork world for the first time.

Many times, the solutions teams seek puzzle me. Other times, I reach a point in training my own dogs that may not become necessary for my students, but I have the time to train through it myself, and pass that information along when the opportunity presents itself.

I look at almost everything with my dogs as a training opportunity. But I don’t necessarily present it to my dogs as training. Don’t get me wrong. I used to do that. To the detriment of my dogs…and me. Most importantly to us as a team. Once I FINALLY realized what I was doing, I started to examine the WHY part of that puzzle.

I am competitive. Fully admit to it and own it. I grew up in the highly competitive world of figure skating. Lots of pressure. Lots of training. Ultimately, lots of competing and showing. What I didn’t realize then, but I do now, is that I really rather enjoyed the training. The competing made me a nervous wreck. Yet when I started to compete with my dogs, I didn’t think of the correlation.

Insert dope-slap here.

There is inherent pressure to perform well in dog sport competitions. I mean, you train hard. You have goals. You want to show everyone how special your dog is and how great your team is. And you are! But sometimes, competing just isn’t in the cards.

In fact, you may never want to compete. Or if you do, you don’t want to travel to do it. Your dog may incur an injury that prevents doing that sport you love. Or, your dog isn’t up to the pressure you might inadvertently be putting on yourself and letting it travel down the leash.

I’m here to tell you…THAT’S OK. And here’s why: reframe your thinking.

How? I’m glad you asked.

Every situation I find myself in with my dogs or teams that I coach teaches me something. I mean EVERY situation. Say I’m trying to work through a tough sequence in Freestyle…I might let Mollie dictate how we do a particular move. And it turns out GREAT. Reward that dog – it’s the best thing she’s ever done (at least to date)!

Or in a NoseWork trial I might see a handler pull their dog off a scent or do a correction…and I make a mental note to teach my teams how to avoid that in training so it doesn’t carry over to trial.

Or I just watch teams as they work on an agility sequence, and I note that what the handler intended to do and what they did were not the same…but the sequence was a success. WOO HOO! Reward that dog!

Many of you hear me in your head: “Train like you trial and trial like you train”. And that’s when it hit me: because I am having fun training and listening to my own advice, it’s been a long time since I’ve felt nervous going in to the ring. I am not viewing the trial as a death march of potential embarrassment…I’m looking at it as an opportunity to have fun with my 4-legged partners and to see where we need to improve.

And that has made all the difference.

Re-Entry

Posted October 10, 2016 at 11:03am

As one follower pointed out, it’s been WAY TOO LONG since my last blog. I could launch into a lengthy diatribe about why, but suffice to say, life.

A great deal has happened in the last year…highs and lows. Mostly keeping my proverbial nose to the grindstone personally and professionally. But enough about that…my follower started me thinking about what would be relevant to present…and for me to have any authority to write.

So here goes…

I am about to enter the ring again…or as this follower said, “So the cobblers’ kid finally gets her shoes…”

I am not taking this re-entry lightly.

I am also trying not to take it too seriously. I mean, really, no one will die based on what happens at these upcoming trials.

This month, I have three trial weekends. Jake will enter UKC NoseWork for all odors and all novice elements. Mollie will be entered in NADAC agility and then in WCFO Freestyle. It’s tempting to both prepare and trial two dogs in exactly the same manner, irrespective of the sport. However, that would be a tactical error on my end of the leash.

Let me explain.

In multi-dog households, it’s so common to compare where each dog is in their training relative to each other. I surmise that’s human nature. When I run across this in my students, I hear the following words come spilling out of my mouth: “Do you have children?” Why do I ask this? Because I’m about to compare children to dogs…hear me out…

For those of you that do have kids, they have the genetic make-up of you and your significant other (I’m making a huge presumption for the sake of the illustration) and they have been raised similarly. But are those children exactly alike? I’m betting not. They may look familial. They may have some personality traits in common. But I’d also bet they excel in different areas of their lives. They learn differently. They connect with people differently. Basically, they are individuals.

It’s the same for dogs. Within breeds. Within litters. Within households.

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Jake (9) is generally confident, environmentally nonplussed, and physically a bit challenged due to his hip replacement and arthritis. He’s smart, funny, and vocal.

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Mollie (5) tends to be a worrier, environmentally hyper-sensitive, and physically agile and strong. She’s smart, sweet, and a guardian.

Interesting on the surface, and very telling in how I have had to vary my training to SUIT EACH DOG!

Jake learns best by working out the challenge for himself. He works for the love of work and working with me. Treats are a bonus, and he is not easily deflated by corrections or by me making comments about my mistake in handling. He simply moves on…

Mollie, on the other hand is super-sensitive to any criticism…even if it’s of myself. In her defense, how is she to know that my verbal “oh no” and heavy sigh are meant for me, not her.  She learns best with food or toys for reward, and very little “drilling” of an exercise…in fact, the more fun it is, the more she wants to work. She needs a bit more confidence building, and we do that with play. She loves to play with me.

In training, it’s sometimes difficult to remember that each dog is very different. That’s why I am working really hard on having a plan before each training session with each dog. I also take time to acclimate myself and the dog I am working to mentally prepare for training. I’m getting better at this. I’m hopeful this hard work will translate to success!

So, for the upcoming trails I have three goals on which to base “success”:

  1. HAVE FUN WITH THE DOG I AM WITH!
  2. Strive to trial like I train
  3. Note our accomplishments, whatever that means for THAT DOG

This will take the pressure off of the entire team. And, set the stage for a successful re-entry!

Happy Training!

The Big House

Posted June 12, 2015 at 2:49pm

 

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Sometimes, a project comes along that intrigues you so much that you just can’t say no. This happened to me about a year ago, and while I’m late doing a post on it…the feelings are no less sincere.

I was approached by some really great folks at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla about starting a “prison dog” program. It’s a really great concept. In case you haven’t heard of one, it pairs shelter dogs with inmates for training. The goal is for the dogs to pass their AKC Canine Good Citizen test. The other goal is to then adopt the dogs into loving fur-ever homes.

Interestingly enough, the thought of working in the prison facility didn’t bother me in the least. A few friends asked how I could go there…aren’t you afraid that something will happen to you?  Frankly, my thought was that I was probably safer there than some other places!

We kicked off the program earlier this year. There are three inmates for every dog and the amount of applications the staff received was phenomenal. We take 6 dogs, so only 18 men made the cut.

My first session with them was without dogs and merely a classroom session. I have to tell you, the questions asked were insightful, and many of the men took copious notes. I found out later that each team was keeping a log book of their journey to give to the family that adopted their dog.

One of the most touching comments of that first day went something like this: “You know, these dogs are looking for the same thing we are – a second chance. We owe it to them to give them our best.”

Although it wasn’t probably the right reaction, I actually wiped a tear (or 10) from my eyes.

And so over the next 8 weeks, Bear, Coco, Duke, Mister, Trixie, and Zoey participated in the CGC program. They lived in TRCI with their team members and returned to their specially built kennels at night. There were a couple of strong, willful dogs in the beginning that turned into loving companions by the end.

This program has taught me so much about, well, so much. For instance:

  1. Don’t judge. Dogs or people. Some of the men in this program are the kindest individuals I have met. They treat the dogs with care and compassion. And they treated me with respect. I don’t care how badly you’ve screwed up in life…compassion for another living being shows me your potential.
  1. Look for the bright side. When some of the handlers became frustrated, I would remind them of where their dog started. I would reinforce in them all the great things they were doing as a team. And I would also commend them for the difference that they were making.
  1. It’s not all about money or titles. I volunteer my time to do this. Sure, I get paid to train dogs. But giving my time to such a great partnership fulfills something in me that I can’t duplicate anywhere else in any other aspect of my life.
  1. All people who love dogs – regardless of their address – are people who share something really special. While I am on the complete opposite end of the spectrum from these students, the dogs unite us. We speak a similar language in this effort. And we are all working to the same goal: give these dogs the chance they deserved. Just because their former owners couldn’t or wouldn’t take the time to train them…they are no less worthy. Same with the handlers: some want to continue training after their release. Wow. Just. Wow.

The photo above is the first graduating class. And I’m pleased to report that ALL the dogs were adopted by loving families. One was adopted by the family of the inmate who trained her…she’s waiting for his release so they can be reunited. More tears…

I start the next set this coming week. And I can hardly wait…if in 8 weeks you are looking for a new fur-member of your family, let me know. I might just have the perfect match…

 

 

It’s the Process, Not the Placement

Posted May 15, 2015 at 8:43am

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The first step is admitting you have a problem…and I made the rookie mistake of trialing Mollie too soon. I believe in part because of that, she developed quite a bit of ring stress. As you know, I stopped trialing late last year to go back to basics and gain her trust and strengthen our partnership. She is uber-sensitive to me and any reaction I have to (my) mistakes; if I even think about sighing or saying some
thing, she shuts down instantly, thinking it’s her fault. She wants to be right.

As with any sport (or job for that matter), there are three types of goals: outcome, performance, and process. Outcome goals (such as getting your Excellent title) can be affected by things over which you have little control – injury, car breaking down on the way to trial, or other roadblocks. Performance goals are those items you are trying to achieve, goals that help you reach your outcome goals. And Process goals are those completely under your control, those little steps that are the building blocks to your success in performance and outcome.

Last weekend was our first trial since beginning our re-training. We only went for one day, four runs.  Before I left, I made a list of process goals for Team Mollie:

  1. Achieve 1 “Get Ready” in the ring
  2. Gain control over my nerves
  3. Have focus at the start line
  4. Refocus if distracted in the ring
  5. Play with me outside the ring
  6. Play agility with me in the ring

So how did we do? We accomplished some level of success on all of those, plus 4 that I didn’t put on the list…and one Qualifying run to boot!

Here’s the tally of Process Goal Achievement:

  1. Achieve 1 “Get Ready” in the ring: 4 of 4 Get Ready starts
  2. Gain control over my nerves: I was better, but not perfect
  3. Focus at the start line: 2 of 4 runs
  4. Refocus if distracted in the ring: 2 of 4, including one huge distraction and a recall on our Q run
  5. Play with me outside the ring: this didn’t happen, BUT she did Get Ready outside the ring many times, completely ignoring what was going on around us.
  6. Play agility with me in the ring: 2 of 4 runs

Now, while you might think those aren’t so great, I am thrilled. In addition to those, she also:

  • Stayed in a 2’ high x-pen happily with other people in campsite and dogs walking by
  • Never snarked at dogs outside the ring
  • Saw a dog outside the ring during a run and chose to return to play with me
  • Had one micro-stay at start line

One year ago, none of these things would have happened.

So I could choose to look at our overall Q rate (25%) and feel unsuccessful. Instead, I choose to look at all we did RIGHT this weekend, make more process goals, and celebrate Mollie and the joy she brings to our lives. That, my friends, makes all the difference.

Maturity is Magical

Posted April 25, 2015 at 1:33pm

I have said to students and fellow trainers that certain breeds mature more quickly or males/females have different rates of maturity. It’s usually said in a jesting way after a dog has humbled us in the ring or practice: “Well, {insert breed here} seem to get their brains at 5 years old,” or some similar comment. It’s not said to be hurtful and in many cases it’s a true statement.

While I still believe this to have merit, I also believe that your training plan can have a great deal to do with it. Or lack of a training plan. I am Exhibit A.

I posted on FaceBook last week a semi-cryptic statement: I think we’ve turned a very large corner. I was referring to Mollie…it seemed as if suddenly, she had gained her wits. And I don’t mean that she’s been a dimwit all along…far from it. What I meant was that all the work we’ve been putting in seems to have taken hold. And it’s been a long road in many ways, but as one of my training partners pointed out, it really hasn’t been that long.

Things that used to bug her outside the ring suddenly don’t matter as much. Last weekend, she PULLED me to the agility exercise we had set up outside. Couldn’t wait to work. Wind was blowing, we hadn’t worked on the back lawn at 4 Paws but one previous time…and she had just finished barnhunting. The significance is this: she wanted to work. Now. With me. Can I have a HALLELUIAH?

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Now, keep in mind that we train nearly every day. Not long, but enough to work on a skill and keep her wanting more. But until recently, it was all about her…not us.

She is now 4 years old. Looking back, I didn’t put in enough time on building our relationship and the basic skills she needed to be successful right from the start. There we many reasons for this…and not one of them matters. I need to think like my dog: be in the moment. What happened yesterday, which forms what we are today, is in the past. What matters is what I do from this point forward. So, I have a 4 year old girl who is gaining a skill I should have built earlier: the love of the work. And she is maturing right before my eyes.

Perhaps you are just starting out with your dog…or you are a seasoned handler…it really doesn’t matter. Try to resist looking at training as a burden – or a giant time suck. Instead, reframe your mindset and consider training for just 5 minutes today. No matter whether you have specific competitive goals or you simply want to get your new puppy to lie down, take those 5 important minutes and ENJOY the time. Look into the eyes of your dog, and realize that the love you see is unconditional. Even if you aren’t 100% successful at the skill THIS TIME, reward your dog and yourself for building your relationship.

The message I hope to leave you with is this: celebrate every success no matter the size. Embrace it wholeheartedly. You may be humbled again, but that is for another day and it will teach you a valuable lesson. Our dogs bring so much joy for such a relatively short time. Take the time to appreciate the individual your dog is, and remember that he or she will mature in their own time. Live and love the journey – there’s no deadline.

Trials Without Tribulations

Posted March 23, 2015 at 4:08pm

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This weekend I took Mollie to a regional trial not too far from home. We weren’t entered…we just visited. To some of you this may sound strange. Drive 3 hours round trip to do…what exactly?

If you’ve been following this blog, you know we have taken an extended break from competing to go back to basics because she was exhibiting a lot of ring stress. Since competitions are a bit far from us as a general rule, Moses Lake seemed like a good time to just go and be. Not compete. Just visit.

Armed with toys, treats, and absolutely no expectations, we arrived in the middle of the final day. It was great to see friendly faces, happy dogs, and nice courses. I’ll admit it was very strange to be there without being entered. What that allowed me to do, however, was watch. And learn.

I saw lots of great runs. I saw people treating their dogs with great love, even when things didn’t go so well. I also saw handlers deflate when a mistake happened and I watched varying reactions of dogs in that situation. To say it was eye-opening is perhaps an understatement. And so it hit me like a 2 x 4 in the middle of the head (or for you NCIS fans, a Gibbs-Slap). More on that shortly.

So, I marched out to the rig and fetched Miss Mollie. Toys – check. Treats – check. Minimal expectations – double check.

Into the building we go. She is excited and happy. This is a good sign indeed.

Other dogs are passing us. No reaction other than looking at me. YAY!

We squished. Happy girl. Lots of treats.

Then we saw friends…she asked if she could greet. Yep, I told her. She was loved on by lots of friends in a medium traffic area. She looked at other dogs, but looked back to people for petting or treats.

We moved to the practice jump. I left her on lead for a few jumps to see how her focus was. I gained enough confidence in her to take off her leash. We tugged with one of her toys. Then we did about 8 jumps with joy and focus. I put her leash back on and out to the rig we went.

In about an hour we went for a nice long walk around the show grounds. I let her explore, but also asked for obedience. This also went well.

Back into the building. We stayed near the entrance where lots of activity was happening. I asked her to “get ready” (squish) and she did so willingly. Stayed there while people and dogs came and went. Looked at the activity, but always looked back at me. I released her to tug with me. She did for a bit, but was more interested in working for treats. So, we did until the hot dog bag was empty. Back to the rig.

This may be seemingly uneventful to many of you. But to Team Mollie, this is HUGE. Monumental. Fun. And encouraging. Here’s why:

  • Previously this outing likely would have had her pulling me all over the place, trying to get in others’ business, and rarely looking at me.
  • She’s a highly environmentally sensitive dog and also highly emotionally sensitive to me. I was relaxed. She responded in kind.
  • Tugging for her means she’s happy and relaxed. While we didn’t get a ton of tug time in, this little bit was more than before.

Now, back to my earlier comment of deflating and dogs responding differently. Mollie takes my deflation personally, and shuts down, preferring to run around the ring and avoid me. I saw it happen to other teams this weekend. I realized I am doing my dog no favors by reacting to my mistakes.

So from this point forward I will remember what I tell my students: your emotions travel down the leash (literally and figuratively) to your dog. Project calm and happy, and your trials won’t turn into tribulations.

“Squishing” in Motion a.k.a. “Get Ready”

Posted March 12, 2015 at 3:46pm

So for those of you wondering what squishing looks like…here are a couple short videos.

You’ll notice that she offers it very easily and waits until I release her. Then we tugtugtug. Note that we are in the agility ring, and what you cannot see is that there are classes going on around us. She really does not care about that at all.

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I’m translating this to the start line. Her cue is “Get Ready”. We are now working on generalizing this in many different locations. Today, we did it in Columbia Park where there were a myriad of distractions and she did a really nice job.

 

In Me She Trusts

Posted February 17, 2015 at 4:18pm

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It’s been a while, I know…there’s been a great deal going on in my personal and professional life.  Some of it stressful, but most of it GREAT. Today, however, was one of the best moments in my dog-life.

A little re-cap first…if you’ve read pasts posts, you know that I don’t lean toward “easy keepers” in terms of dogs that choose me. And I wouldn’t have it any other way most days. Most training days are challenging, mentally, for both me and my canine partners – either Jake or Mollie.

This weekend we had a fun match here at 4 Paws. It was an Obedience / Rally match, and admittedly I don’t train much in either sport with them. That said, ring time is ring time and it’s a great opportunity to work on basic skills that should transfer between sports.

Jake did really well, considering I don’t work with him much on these activities. He’s my nose dude, but he will do virtually anything I ask of him.

Mollie has been more of a challenge. Months ago, we determined it boiled down to a lack of confidence. And that’s on me. I didn’t do enough foundation work with her, so last November, I started over. Not from square one, but with Confidence Building 101. One of the latest exercises we’ve started is “squishing.”  It’s not as ooey gooey as it sounds.

The basic premise is this: I ask her to “get ready” and she squeezes between my legs in a nice sit, looking up at me. I hold her close and rub her chest, indicating to her that I’ve got her back. Literally.

“Get Ready” took me all of 15 minutes to train in my house, where she is comfortable.

For some of you this sounds silly, or fluffy, or easy. It is none of those things for Mollie. This is a dog that would not let me step over her when she was lying down. She barely tolerated me towering over her in any fashion. She really didn’t like being stroked or petted, unless it was on her terms – it made her uncomfortable. The prospect of this was a little intimidating to me and I wondered how she would react. To my joy, she LOVES it. You can visibly see her relax when she gets to the position.

So, I have been transitioning this to class. And it’s been nice. I used it this weekend in the Fun Match…and her performance was AWESOME.

What I didn’t realize is how this could affect her outside training or working. Well, as you may have guessed, I found out (otherwise, why would I write about it)!

My husband was taking advantage of the nice weather and pruned our apple tree. A branch hit the house, and apparently startled Mollie. She actively sought me out for comfort…now, here comes the really interesting part: I was in the shower at the time. SHE HATES THE SHOWER. She came into the stall with me, seeking reassurance. Holy moly.

I quickly dried off and she “got ready”. I saw her face soften, and felt her pulse slow a bit. I took further advantage of my time with her, and worked her while the scary chainsaw was blaring.

This was a breakthrough to end all breakthroughs. I actually had tears in my eyes. Because now, in me she trusts.

FUN-damentals Are Supposed to Be, Well…FUN!

Posted November 18, 2014 at 1:10am

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You know that moment…the one where you mimic the V-8 commercial with a dope-slap to the head…yeah, that moment.

Yet another one of those for me this weekend as Mollie and I struggled through trial stress together. She coped by running around the ring, me by lamenting silently (and not so silently later with my traveling pals) about what I’m doing wrong.

Later that night as Mollie snuggled with me in the hotel room, I realized how lucky I am to care for and love this little black dog. Regardless of the stress she felt earlier, she still wanted to be close to me. All she really wants is to be loved and cared for. What we all want, truth be told.

And then it hits me on the long drive home: this trial, like a couple before it, has shown me in living color that while we are making terrific strides in practice, we aren’t truly ready for full trial experiences.

In an earlier blog I listed all the Q-worthy things that happened at a trial that had nothing to do with competing. This weekend, there were many more of those: 4 am fire alarm in the hotel didn’t faze her; she chased killdeer and came back when I called; a dog tried to get in her business and she looked back at me rather than engage; and she was loved on by a group of 4H students that thought she was the cutest thing ever. Nice moments.

But in the ring, she exhibited lots of stress by running off. On our last run, my goal was to get her to focus for a couple obstacles, and then party like it’s 1999. We actually did 5 and partied hard.

And that will be our last trial until April, 2015.

I’ve made the decision to go back to making it FUN…which means FUN-damentals training. Not obstacle work: she knows the obstacles. Not tricky handling moves: that will come. But back to making it FUN in every situation imaginable. Building our team. Building our confidence. Building blocks that I glossed over a little too much earlier in our training.

So back to playing in and out of the ring. Not asking her for more than she can give, even though she WANTS to give…she’s just too over-faced at shows to do that RIGHT NOW.

Sometimes we focus so much on success that’s arbitrarily put upon us internally and externally that we lose sight of the real goal: having fun with our dogs.  A weight has been lifted for me…and I know it will be for her.

I’m not giving up on us…I’m giving us a chance.

Stay Paw-sitive!

Look at What I’m Offering!

Posted October 27, 2014 at 3:34pm

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A few months ago, one of my training partners asked our class to think about the cross training we do with our dogs and how that affects what they (and we) do. Personally, I train both dogs in multiple sports: Jake currently participates in tracking, nosework, obedience, and rally; Mollie in agility, obedience, rally and general “life” skills.

Both of my dogs are operantly conditioned, which means I’ve trained them with clickers and marker words to offer me behaviors in exchange for a pay check. That pay could be treats, praise, or playing tug with a toy. This leads to the dog actually thinking about what behavior might elicit that pay check.  They will keep trying until I give them the click or the “YES” and produce the reward. Some of you have been in classes where I show you this with either Mollie or Jake. Both are equally animated about it, but in different ways.

This makes training so much fun! And now that Mollie is maturing a bit, her true talents are beginning to emerge. She’s showing more of an interest in working with me. She’s a great demo dog for beginning agility because she offers so many behaviors. But I digress…

I’m starting to really appreciate how cross training in multiple sports can help your dog generalize what behaviors are expected of them. An (important) caveat: as handlers, we MUST BE CONSISTENT. In our expectations. In our criteria. In our reward system. In our positive attitude. In our words and our actions.

By doing this over the last 3 months, I have watched Mollie blossom. When Jake and I participated in the NoseWork seminar in July, I worked quite a bit outside of the session with our presenter, Karen Shivers. Not in NoseWork, but in other general training. We both worked our dogs and she helped me transform how I was handling Mollie. I was being unclear in my communications with her and that was causing her self-confidence to erode. BAD HANDLER. Karen patiently showed me how to better use my markers
for correct and “let’s try that again” behaviors.

Then, another of my training partners helped me in the art of reinforcement with correct timing and randomization.

Finally, my training partner mentioned in the opening of this blog reminded me to stick to my criteria.

And so here’s where the cross training example will hopefully make sense to you.

As I have mentioned, Jake is my nose guy. He’s excellent in all things smelly. Truly. Mollie is really athletic and loves agility or things where she can run and jump. Not so much into the smelly. Until…

I’ve been working really hard with her in agility to build her confidence. I’ve employed all the techniques mentioned above. She’s not afraid to try most things nor to offer behaviors that might pay out. So, a couple of weeks ago, I decided to try her in NoseWork. She’s never attempted it before. On goes the harness, the line is tied to her and the scent is placed. I had no idea what to expect. We got her amped up, I asked her to “Search” and she went about her job like a little pro. Stuck her nose in drawers and when she found the scent container, she inhaled deeply and stuck her paw on it. I paid her handsomely. We did it a couple more times and then called it a day.

A week or so later, I let her try again. Even bigger enthusiasm and terrific (albeit a bit too assertive) indication to finding the smelly thing. A couple of times she false alerted, and I waited her out to offer the correct behavior – and she rose to the occasion. I was truly humbled.

The moral of the story: all the hard work and long hours I put in to training in other sports and aspects of her life gave her the confidence and skills to try a new activity that’s also a ton of fun for her. So if you are working with your dog on an obedience skill, before you start training for the day, think about how that skill – or your process for training that skill – could be used for something else. For example, asking your dog “sit” politely before their dinner is presented can then be transferred to the training ring. Your dog is offering you a very nice behavior, you are providing a pay check…and I’m willing to wager it will translate into a strong, fun work ethic.

Stay Paw-sitive!