Training Tips


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Mr Baloo

Mr Baloo!

My Philosophy

TRAIN Don’t Complain!

Train your dog what you want them to learn. I believe in Positve Reinforcement training. One of my pet peeves is owners always using the word no. Yikes. no does not direct the dog to where it is to go or be. For basic pet companion training, I like to incorporate games, toys, and  treats. Once you and the dog come to a communicational understanding, training can advance from there.  I like to use loose lead training, by letting the dog find you.  Do I use the training tools out there as needed for safety issues. Yes.

Pet companion training and competitive training for the owner is very different. I have trained my own personal dogs and client dogs for over 20 years. My personal philosophy has been the same.  I never used a choke collar on my dogs, even when it was required in classes, way back in the day. I was the rebel and only would use a buckle collar on my dogs and they  always passed.

I like to use the clicker and feel that is an excellent tool for tuning up your dogs skill and listening skills. I believe in teaching your dogs to wait at the door before they are allowed out and wait when they come in, it  is just basic manners.  Remember,  all your dog wants to do is please you. Teach them what you want from them and they will respond. Screaming is not an option! Have a plan for success.

As Always Be Fun Firm and Consistent.

Tips from Buttercup – Agility Jumps, Do YOU know them??

Let us first begin with a couple simple exercises. Exercise one: Set your dog aside and get a partner. Position a jump, set at 8 inches, in front of you and step back from it about 5 feet, do you see the jump? Now close your eyes. The partner will spin you around three times […]

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Tips from Buttercup – Dog Agility

We would like to introduce you to the sport of Dog Agility. You may have watched on Animal Planet dogs zooming through tunnels, flying over jumps, climbing A-Frames, through closed tunnels and whizzing through those weave poles. Agility is a sport in which you and your dog compete on a timed obstacle course. This great […]

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Tips from Buttercup – Desensitizing Techniques, The “Little Talk”

One of the top three complaints from new puppy owners is biting. The one story that comes to mind is from an older couple who came in with a little lab puppy that was only 10 weeks old.. The back of the hands,arms and chin of the owners where covered in bloody Band-Aids. The wife […]

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