“If Fluffy doesn’t want to, Fluffy doesn’t have to” In the past few years, I’ve seen an interesting trend with regards to dog training. I’m not sure where or how this trend evolved, although I have my suspicions.  This trend involves the pretty basic game called “It’s Your Choice” – a name coined by a

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In a previous post, several years ago (2013!), I discussed just what makes a GOOD coach. It’s something I think a lot about; after all, being a coach/instructor/mentor is my gig. Over the years, I’ve been the beneficiary of some amazing coaches, instructors, and mentors, and wouldn’t be where I am today without the likes

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Stop begging for attention. Stop demanding attention. Start being the most rewarding thing for your dog to be around.

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We live in an age where access to information is pretty easy, and the amount of information we can easily get our hands on is massive. When it comes to dog training, it seems like these days, everybody has a lot of knowledge, and many speak authoritatively on topics that they’re knowledgeable about. Scroll for

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I learned a LOT by staring intently at those who were at the top of the sport at the time. There was no FaceBook, and there was no YouTube. But, I followed my heroes as closely as I could, and reached out to them for instruction. Nowadays, I’ve become friends with those who I started out by stalking. I wanted to learn everything I could learn by watching them, emulating them, all of it. I wanted to be up on that podium, listening to the National Anthem play. Who are YOUR agility heroes?

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Every time we get a new dog, or embark on training a new behavior, it’s a risk. It might work, and it might not. In my twenty years of dog agility training, only one thing seems for certain, and that is that progress will NOT be linear.

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