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Smart X50

SMART STUFF FROM Kathy SdaoSMART X50 - xcerpted from Plenty in Life is Free: “…Capitalize on the numerous desirable behaviors an animal performs over the course of an average day by: 1. noticing them2. pointing them out to the animal (“mark” with a click or “yes”)3. then giving the animal a...

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Individual Paw Targeting: Better Communication for Fitness

When you advance to using balance equipment and more complex movements of canine fitness, having solid a foundation helps you and your dog master new movements. One of those key fundamentals is individual paw targeting (IPT) – meaning your dog lifts each of his four paws individually on cue....

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When To Retire Your Dog From Agility?

When to retire your dog from agility (or any sport) can be a difficult decision to make. I am currently running my 12 1/2-year-old dog Synergy in a few classes a day at trials and practice with her few minutes a training session. She goes on daily walks and does fitness training a few times a...

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Giving retired performance dog’s their “turn”?

What about the retired performance dog’s “turn”? By Inge Dillen, DVM, CCFT, Bobbie Lyons K9FITteam Member Somebody asked me “what group is your preferred group of dogs for Fitness training”? Waw, difficult question!! I LOVE everything about fitness training. I love watching puppies...

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Turning Out of Tunnel Drill

Turning Out of Tunnel Drill By Lisa Schmit, PhD, CCFT, CPMPwww.inthezoneagility.com It is very important to have a clear, consistent cueing system and to understand what, when and where to cue your dog. A: Handler needs to recognize where and when the dog must be given a cue. (Location and...

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Discrimination Training Tip

I just finished presenting 4 days of agility seminars. It was a great time!! One of the topics we discussed was discriminations so I thought I would share a helpful discrimination training tip. When you are training discriminations, make sure that you reward each one equally. We may think...

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White Boarding

A couple months ago, I put out a Facebook post asking folks what their training struggles were and MANY folks put “time” as their answer. At that time, I had promised a blog post about “white boarding”. Well, I got side tracked and didn’t get back to it, so here we go. Time gets away from all of...

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Cryotherapy - "Ice it"

What is Cryotherapy?Cryotherapy means: The use of cold as a therapeutic agent. When cold is applied it lowers the temperature of the skin and underlying tissues by removing heat from the body.The benefits of Cryotherapy Decrease blood flow Decrease cellular metabolism and histamine reducing...

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What "cue" do you use??

To obtain the pushup position above, the dog had to know front foot targeting, rear foot targeting, and nose touch hold. What cue do you use?? People are always asking me what my behavior cues are so I thought I would just make you a list. While making this list, I found that some behaviors...

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Down.Stay.OK!

Dogs lie down and stand up so many times a day, but that simple movement can be adapted to efficiently work many areas of the body. Picture a dog lying down from a sitting position. First, they move the rear part of their body down to the ground and then they use their forelimbs to walk the...

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