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Choose Exercises that Match Your Dog’s Level of Fitness

"In my classes students are encourage to ALWAYS go back to basics if your dog does not have the strength to complete the exercise or does not understand the movement needed for the exercise shown." ~Bobbie Lyons The exercises you choose for your dog should always match the dog’s level of...

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Importance of Lateral Distance

By Lisa Schmit, PhD, CCFT, CPMP, member of Bobbie Lyons K9FitTeam In The Zone Agility (ITZ) - www.inthezoneagilty.co Lateral Distance will help get your dog to drive forward because they can see you better!Dogs have good peripheral vision, but they cannot see directly behind their heads....

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Jackpots

FOOD FOR THOUGHT....Lets say you got paid $10 for mowing the neighbors lawn and then the next THREE times you mowed the lawn, you only got paid $1. Would this inspire you to continue to mow the lawn? If this happened to me, I would simply find a better paying job with some consistency to the...

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Luring vs Hand Targeting by Carolyn Close

Picture this: I am walking from my car into a store. As I walk I am browsing through my email or searching a website for a coupon. I may walk a crooked line, stumble, narrowly avoid getting hit by a car, or a number of other scenarios. This is because I am not paying attention to what I am...

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Conformation Dogs Need Fitness

Showing a dog in conformation refers to being judged on the visible details of a dog's structure, appearance and movement as defined by the breed standard for each breed. When a judge is evaluating a dog, the dog’s muscular development and overall appearance will be looked at and...

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PRINCIPLES

Program design is by far one of the hardest concepts for students to master. Being consistent with a dog’s workouts is also hard for many handlers to do. Below are a few principles that will help you to identify what needs to be part of your strength and skill training program. The below...

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The "F" Word of Agility, by Lisa Schmit

The F word of Agility: Foundation, Foundation, Foundation by Lisa Schmit Bonker, PhD, CCFT, CPMP I’m definitely known to drop the F word --------especially in terms of agility. Yup I’m talking about foundation, foundation, foundation! Sometimes, I feel like some people feel foundation is...

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In The Moment.....

When you realize that you have a training challenge in front of you, do you try to solve it right then or do you stop and formulate a plan? As a dog trainer I can admit that I have often reacted in the moment without thinking through the steps to a solid solution. Reacting in the moment can...

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Nap Time

Recently I have found myself having many conversations with my clients about “nap time”. I hear things like: my pup has no attention span my pup doesn’t want to train my pup won’t settle my pup is always offering behavior my pup always wants my attention my pup is more...

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Dog Vs Robot

A couple years ago, I had a booth at the Rose City Classic Dog show. My friend Danielle Hall came up from California to help me with the booth. During a time when activity at the booth was slow, Danielle decided to go get a sandwich while I was talking with a couple gals from a service dog...

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