The DaisyPeel.com Online Classroom Blog contains thoughts and training tips from Daisy and the other instructors. Enjoy!

Snooker Rules Explained!

Today was Chipper’s very first USDAA trial! As I listened to the very thoughtful and thorough briefing that the judge gave to the Starter’s Snooker competitors, I was surprised at…

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The Other F words: Fear, Failure and Frustration

Everyone wants to post their moments of brilliance, no one likes to fail, that’s no secret. We like it when things go well and according to plan; we like to succeed. We look to those who have been successful and try to emulate their path to success, however we generally overlook the really interesting parts; the parts with all the really valuable information; we overlook the failures.

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Staying Under Theshold

One of my favorite topics to teach dog owners is “focus and self-control” and it goes hand in hand with K9 conditioning.   Slow and controlled movements in specific positions cannot…

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K9FITbone Review – Revised (New Class 9/9/2014)

Training your dog to use the K9FITbone requires less handler support and lends to shaping independent behaviors in the proper position. If you use a clicker and love to shape behaviors, this piece of equipment is for you. As your dog gains strength, you can pair the K9FITbone with other pieces of equipment, shaping the dog to stand, down, weight shift and other movements that will strengthen their core, spinal muscles and muscles around shoulders and hips.

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Exercise for Sprint Athletes

  It can be a challenge to design a conditioning program for sprint activities that will enhance performance, keep your dog’s chances of injury to a minimum and target the…

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Exercise Progression

I have been thinking a lot lately about  “exercises progression”.  In the human world, we know that we can’t go to the gym and do the same amount of repetitions…

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A Note on Puppies

Teaching a puppy body awareness and weight distribution exercises at an early age helps the puppy grow into a confident, well balanced and coordinated dog. I start teaching my clients these…

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K9 Conditioning Considerations…

If you are in the process of designing a program for your dog I hope this list of considerations helps you to pick exercises that are appropriate for your dog’s age, current physical condition and the activities you are involved in. I also hope that it you have not sought out proper training, that this will encourage you to do so.

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Thoughts on Canine Cross Training

In the human world the term “cross-training” is used quite often to suggest that doing different types of strength, balance and coordination training helps to improve performance. The canine world works much the same way.

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Session 16: An Interview With Marcy Mantell

This week, I’m interviewing Marcy Mantell, who came up to visit for the 2014 Rose City AKC show, where she won High Combined with her young sheltie, Stripe. Marcy talks about how she got started in agility, some unexpected difficulties she’s had along the way with her sheltie Wave, and what it’s like to win a World Championship. Enjoy!

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Review of the new K9 FitBone

The new K9FITbone is a very versatile piece of balance equipment. The lateral movement the K9FITbone offers encourages your dog to engage their abdominal muscles, the muscles along the spine (core and trunk muscles) as well as the supporting muscles around the hips and shoulders used for stability. Here are 10 reasons that I think the K9FITbone is AWESOME:

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Podcast Session 15: Mileage

In this podcast, I talk a little about the idea of “mileage”. Every step you and your dog take together on an agility course shapes your future steps on future courses! Have a listen, and subscribe through iTunes!

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