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Sept. 30, Oct. 1-2, 2011 Clinic Review

Posted on: October 12th, 2011 by Webmaster No Comments

What a great weekend and a fun group of people and dogs. I would like to extend a special thanks to our host Carrie Lynn who owns Stonesthrow Arena & Stable. We are fortunate to have such a nice and versatile facility to use for our clinics. Second, a hearty thanks to all of you who came to my clinic. We were able to work through a bunch of different issues for each individual and their dog.

Some highlights of the clinic:

We started a young “Trayer” pup in his quest to becoming a real cattle dog. When he walked into the clinic he was a great pet who was happy to lie on his back like a baby or have a ball thrown for him. We started him working with my seasoned cow veteran and personal “go-to” cow wrangling buddy, Hangin’ Tree Tyson. One of the best ways to get some of these young and inexperienced pups started is to have a solid dog to go in and show them the ropes. By the end of the weekend this pup was becoming a real working cow dog. With consistent work from his owner, this pup has the makings of a great partner out on the ranch and an obedient pet in the home.

An energetic Aussie/Border mix came in as a friend and companion dog looking to learn a little more respect around horses while riding both in the arena and out on the trail. We started with a little ground work letting this dog know exactly where the “Black and White” areas are. One of which was “you may never go ahead of me”! This translated very nicely into “you may never go past my horses shoulder; the safety zone is always beside or behind mom” once the owner was on a horse.

It’s always fun to have a family come in with their own projects and we got that with a little Corgi and a working-dog mix. Each of these folks came in with a desire to learn more about using their dogs for their intended purpose and getting a better handle on general obedience. The Corgi learned what the fundamentals of herding would be if there were chickens or ducks with a little goat thrown in the mix, along with a general obedience brush up. The working dog put in some hard and not always easy work on obedience. One of the owner’s goals was being able to have the dog “stay put” in the area for those times when there are several people moving around and no room for a pup to be running amuck. Success was achieved on this!

In the end all the dogs did a great job and the owners had a great time learning new ways of working with their dogs and getting some super results!

Thank you to everyone who came to Oct./Nov. clinic and for putting such great effort into your dogs. They were all great to work with and it was my pleasure working with everybody there.


The “Down” & “No” Commands

Posted on: January 7th, 2010 by Webmaster No Comments

sportPeople use the “down” command for different things. To me, the word “down” is used to make a dog lie down and only lie down, not to be confused with trying to stop a dog from jumping up on my leg.

Quite often when I see someone’s dog jump on their leg they tell the dog “down”. But really they just want the dog to not jump on them. To me this isn’t good for the dog who you have been trying to teach to lie down using the command “down” because you have been teaching your dog to lie down flat on his stomach when you say “down”.

When I teach the “down” command to my pup I put a collar and leash on them. I get my foot up by their neck, over the leash, and say “down” while pushing them down using my foot on the leash. When they go to the ground I say “good pup” and lean over and pet them. After a few times of this, if done right, they will start laying down when you say “down”. Then you have to make sure that when you tell them “down”, they lay down.

For the dog that jumps up on you, use the “NO” command. This is what I do to keep a dog from jumping on me or someone else. When they’re a puppy I teach them that when I say “NO” they cannot do whatever they’re doing. When they try to jump on me I say “NO” and stop them either by stepping on their back foot when they jump at me or else I knee them in the chest and say “NO” at the same time.

After a few times when my puppy tries to jump on me or someone else, I say “NO” and they don’t jump, or if they’re starting to jump, they stop.

I feel a lot of people have difficulty telling others that their dog is in training and they’re not allowed to jump up on people. You have to be up front with people and tell them the dog is in training and not to encourage him to jump up (which a lot of people like to do, especially with puppies). Otherwise your pup is going to become confused – like why can he jump on some people and not on others!

Doing some of the things mentioned above will help your pup understand they’re not allowed to jump on anyone, that the word “NO” means stop doing whatever it is they’re doing and that the word “down” only means to lie down.

For more on these training techniques such as how and when to use the word “NO”, keep checking my recent posts. You can also drop me a line or better yet, order my dog obedience training video.

Thanks a lot and good luck,


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