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November 16, 2021

Whether you’re a novice, or an old pro, disappointment is disappointment. For sure, what we DO with disappointment matters. We can use it to spur growth, or we can allow it to prevent us from moving forward. But when we are EXPERIENCING disappointment, it doesn’t matter what level we’re at, or whether or not somebody else would experience the same disappointment in the same situation. It’s real. And, if we’re discouraged from feeling those feelings of disappointment because they’re uncomfortable for others, who may not want to recognize those same feelings within themselves, nobody wins.

Disappointment – You Wanna Sandwich?

October 18, 2021

When we see a constant stream of perfection in our social media feeds, it can be helpful to remember that progress is not linear, and is often instead two steps forward, one step back. But progress IS made! This morning I want to share with you two comments shared with me by Agility Challenge members.

Stumbling To Success

October 4, 2021

“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

It’s Your Choice, BUT

September 23, 2021

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

No Candy Coating

August 23, 2021

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

You’ll never be more interesting than dirt

August 16, 2021

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

Knowledge vs. Knowhow

April 6, 2020

In this episode of the 10-Minute Trainer, we’re going to have some fun with weave poles. I’m going to assume that your dog already knows how to weave, and that, in your 10-minutes today, you’d like to spend some time working on weave poles in a way that’s quick, fun, and productive! So, here are a couple of weaving games you can play, alone, or with a training partner.

Training In Ten Minutes, Episode #8 – Collection

March 20, 2020

In this episode of the 10-Minute Trainer, we’re going to have some fun with weave poles. I’m going to assume that your dog already knows how to weave, and that, in your 10-minutes today, you’d like to spend some time working on weave poles in a way that’s quick, fun, and productive! So, here are a couple of weaving games you can play, alone, or with a training partner.

Training In Ten Minutes, Episode #7 – Fun with weave poles

December 5, 2019

In this episode of the 10-Minute Trainer, we’re going to spend our ten minutes working on POST TURNS

Training In Ten Minutes, Episode #6 – Post Turns

November 22, 2019

In this episode of the 10-Minute Trainer, we’re going to spend our ten minutes working on an obstacle that is often overlooked….the table.

Training In Ten Minutes, Episode #5

September 27, 2019

In this episode of the 10-Minute Trainer, I’d like to share with you a few of the short exercises that I use with my dogs to make sure that we’re both on the same page with our understanding of location cues.

Training in Ten Minutes, Episode #4

December 9, 2018

What does it mean to ‘play to win’ vs ‘playing not to lose’ – and how does that impact your ability to achieve the types of performances you’re after with your dog? What does winning even MEAN?

Loss Aversion…huh…what is it good for?