Puppy Class 9/10

I popped in to puppy class last week after a bit of time away.  It felt like old home week.  So I jumped in with both feet.  Now, the faces have changed but the problems are all the same. One 2 year old Pitt bull was having issues.  Why the owner waited until the pup...

Night Search Training

Last night, as part of our team training, we set up some problems in the dark for the dogs. We were located at Ontario County Park near a feature called the jump-off. Gracie had never done any searching in the dark so this was a new experience for her to see me with a...

Advanced Class 9/6/12

After a long hiatus I’m back at Companion Dog Obedience training to help out with the classes. Last night I took Elphie with me to a Rally Obedience course for the advanced dogs. This was set up in a simulated ring outdoors. We ran 3 similar courses each set up...

Puppy Biting and Chewing

Chewing Puppies NEED to chew. They are getting ready to drop their deciduous teeth and grow their adult dentition.  The puppy teeth only remain for three to seven months.  During this time chewing provides satisfaction, pain relief and loosens the baby teeth.  Chewing...

New Christmas Puppy? Potty Training

Many of you might have received a new pup for Christmas.  Congratulations!….So, now that the blush is off the rose, you have this new bundle of joy that is starting to drive you bonkers.  If you are lucky you have sorted out the potty issues.  If not, here are a...

Walking at Heal

Our next task is to go for a walk with our dog. There are all sorts of reasons that this is a good skill to teach but most of all we want our pup to be well behaved on a leash.  Pulling you down the street isn’t a fun way to go for a walk for you.  This also...

The Recall or Come Command

If you have been keeping up with the training you have a sit, a down, a stand and a watch me. The Recall Command is an important one. This is the beginning step to getting a dog that will come to you reliably. ***An important note*** ALWAYS make coming to you a happy...

Watch me!

Now that we are off the floor the pups attention has a tendency to wander.  We would like to keep that attention on us and get the pup to look at us whenever we need to distract its attention from some other interesting thing.  This can be a lifesaver when out for a...

More on the Down Command

We have started to work off the floor.  Lets add the Down Command from a standing position. If you have been drilling the down command, your pup now has an understanding of two things.  First, when you say down it should know that you mean to lay down and to keep...

Lets get off the floor

A little recap of the previous events. Sit: Start by scooping the pups back legs out from under to assist it to sit, move on to luring with a treat and reinforcing with a lift on the collar. Down: Start by lifting the front elbows and lowering the pup to a down...