Category Archives: Dog activities

More fun games to increase attention

We’re teaching our dogs all the time. Everything we do teaches them something even if we’re not aware of it. For example, if you’re sitting at your computer while reading this, and your dog nudges your arm, what do you … Continue reading

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“I want my dog to be good for me, not treats!”

When I began training one of my dogs years ago (and no, I won’t tell you how many!) the trainer used food treats as a training tool. Having previously trained my German Shepherds in schutzhund with a trainer who did … Continue reading

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Slow Progress with Toby

Many of our students know Toby, the big orange puppy, he’s been demonstrating in just about every class for 3 or 4 months now. I’ve been working a little bit on agility with Toby, trying to build some confidence. Our … Continue reading

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September tends to be a hot month in San Diego

San Diego has a temperate climate. The Pacific Ocean tends to keep us from getting too hot or too cold. September, however, is our hottest month and there have been some really hot days the last few weeks. Although our … Continue reading

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Riker is Number One!

Riker, my now 12 year old Australian Shepherd, is the first dog registered in the American Kennel Club’s brand new program to recognize therapy dogs. http://www.petconnection.com/blog/2011/08/09/riker-is-number-one-and-not-just-with-me/comment-page-1/ Riker is often silly, never serious, and thankfully rarely shows his age. He’s also … Continue reading

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Hot Dog Game!

Doggie bath time at my house has in the past been a traumatic experience for everyone.  The husband gets anxious.  Once the husband gets anxious, there is no calming the already anxious dogs.  Then, of course, I get anxious and … Continue reading

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Lackluster Obedience: Time to Teach a Trick!

Dinky’s recalls have slowed down and she takes her time getting comfy when I tell her to lay down. She hasn’t been defying me like a juvenile, she’s just been un-enthusiastic about work. If I call her and she takes … Continue reading

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Stranger in the House

Father’s Day 2011.  My Dad comes for a visit from out of town. My wonderful well-behaved dogs decide we have been invaded by the Visigoths!  He’s not Grandpa to them?  Whaaaat?!? We live in Carlsbad, CA and my Dad lives in … Continue reading

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It’s a good thing Bashir doesn’t have thumbs

I’ve had Australian Shepherds for twenty-five years – give or take – so know the breed quite well. In those twenty-five years, my dogs and I have competed in conformation and obedience, done stock dog work, agility, carting, weight pulling, … Continue reading

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