Training with Patience

The first year with a new dog is a test of patience! So much to train! So much to do!  The first year is more about creating good manners, building a strong relationship, and simply learning about each other. For dog trainers, we also want to teach them fun tricks and...

Should you train more if you have more time?

The last week of August I was on vacation.  A staycation.  It was a nice break from work and I enjoyed spending the last week of summer before school started for Ryan. I was so excited to have ALL this extra time to train Drac.  I quickly realized that you really...

Reflections on getting a new dog

My new puppy Drac joined our family about 8 months ago and I’ve been reflecting on how each new dog changes us and how we adjust to the new addition. First, it is EXTREMELY exciting to get a new puppy or dog. For dog trainers we always have new training ideas or...

When dogs leave source …

In the sport of Nosework, I’ve been noticing more and more dogs finding and then leaving odor. There can be many reasons for this, some more obvious than others. One reason a dog may leave source is picking up another scent cone if multiple hides are placed in...

Drac does ORT boxes!

I’ve been continuing to build Drac’s value for odor, alternating between simple interior hides and containers. I recently introduced him to vented cardboard boxes and was using them in simple searches with just a few containers. ORT stands for Odor...

The Importance of Generalizing Behaviors

A very important stage of learning is generalizing a behavior in new environments and/or with new conditions. With initial behavior training, you usually start in a familiar environment without distractions.  If I only train in my living room, will my dog perform the...

Upping the Ante in Nosework

Three weeks ago today I started my new puppy on Nosework.  That’s a very short amount of time but in dog training MUCH can be accomplished.  I’ve been trying some new tactics – adjusting things for a puppy but also upping the ante when I felt he was...

Nosework and other scent sports

It seems not a week goes by without reading or being asked if Nosework interferes with other scent sports, whether being tracking, scent articles or more recently field hunting. We’ve all heard these types of concerns before with other sports. I was told by a...

Puppy Nosework

I started Drac on Nosework last week. He was 12 weeks old. There was no reason to start at that age, I just knew I wanted to start him soon! The first month of having a new puppy is filled with so much change, adjustment, relationship building, lack of sleep and poop!...

Yin and Yang of dog training

With Yin, comes Yang! “Nothing is completely Yin or completely Yang. Each aspect contains the beginning point for the other aspect …as one aspect increases the other decreases to maintain overall balance of the whole.” Drac has this adorable natural...

Training Update and Fun with Impulse Control games

We’ve survived another week!  The name of the game at this age seems to be “what does he have in his mouth now”?? With the gazillion chew toys around, why do they want to chew on wood, cardboard, shoes and every small object?? The week also included...