Sunday, February 11, 2018

Why Teach Tricks?

By Laura Sharkey & Erica Pytlovany

Bentley hugs his toy
Teaching tricks is great for dogs. It provides them with both mental and physical stimulation and helps create a stronger working relationship between the dog and the handler.

To start: want better basic obedience skills? Teach some tricks. The more things you teach your dog, the better he gets at learning. The more often you ask for behaviors, the better she gets at offering them.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Earn Stunt Dog Titles from Do More With Your Dog!

By Erica Pytlovany

Do you like to teaching your dog some tricks?  Want ideas for what to do next?  Starting in March 2018, you and your dog can earn Stunt Dog titles!

What is the Stunt Dog title program?
Stunt Dog is a new titling program brought to us by Do More With Your Dog. Titles are awarded through performances in live ring trials that showcase tricks as well as the skills needed for your dog to stay and to focus under pressure. The first four levels are highly structured -- makes it easy to started!  Creativity and artful performance are expected at the Champion level.

What I like about the Stunt Dog program:

Monday, January 15, 2018

Fenzi TEAM Titles for Advanced Obedience Training

By Erica Pytlovany

Ready for advanced obedience training and want ideas for what to do next?  Let's look at one option:  Fenzi TEAM Titles (http://fenziteamtitles.com).

Fenzi TEAM TitlesTEAM stands for Training Excellence Assessment Modules, and is made up of 6 levels of video "tests" for foundation through advanced obedience training skills.  Levels 1 - 3 are Sport Foundation, and build valuable sport skills from formal obedience to rally, freestyle, or even agility.  Levels 4 - 6 are Obedience Master and practice complex behavior chains, reduced reinforcement, and a high degree of fluency and discrimination.

What I like about the TEAM program: