ARF! Training

Humble Pie

Once, when one of my dogs behaved in such a manner that I didn’t recognize him (of course it was in front of a group of people), my teacher commented, “Dogs have a sense of humor.”  I wasn’t sure if that explained my dog’s unexpected behavior or if he decided I needed...

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NDTC Agility Trial – Standard run

NDTC Agility Trial – Standard run

I’m just not gonna think about it. Whatever Grady does on the course, I’ll remain positive but firm in my expectations. For the next minute, we both have our jobs to do so I’ll focus on mine and trust he will do his. The important thing is that Grady and I are here to...

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How To Get Your Toy Back

How To Get Your Toy Back

Not giving it up!  No way, no how! So you have a dog that you’d love to play fetch with but they refuse to bring the ball or frisbee back to you.  Or, you are training them and as a reward, you toss your dog a toy only to find that they proceed to fly by you with the...

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Bad weather + 2 dogs. What to do?

Bad weather + 2 dogs.
What to do?

January 26th, 2015 It’s gonna be a long, long winter’s day is all I kept thinking as Dawson’s energy level grew.  For a week (or six months, I don’t know. I’ve lost track of time), the weather has been either bitterly cold or rainy so there is little opportunity to do...

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Come, dog, come!

Come, dog, come!

Having a dog that comes immediately when called is a marvelous thing. When I was training Grady to come promptly when called (dog trainers often refer to this as a recall) I had one goal. I wanted Grady to find the sound of my voice irresistible. Puppies love...

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Top 5 things to look for when you’re checking out Doggy Day Care

Why Take Your Dog to Doggy Day Care?

There are several benefits of Doggy Day Care. Here's what I consider to be the most important benefits for your dog. A tired dog is a happy dog. And, or course, a tired dog is less likely to get into trouble! D oggy day care is a great outlet for their energy and it...

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