A video showcasing a few of Betsy’s tricks

I’ve written a few trick training how-tos, like how to roll over, how to hand target, and how to go grab a kong to be stuffed. But Betsy has a few other tricks up her sleeve that I haven’t written about that I keep meaning to! My intent is to at least write about teaching a dog to know their lefts from their rights, because I think that’s a fun trick to show off, but here’s a little video showing

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Choices and Happiness

Eileen of Eileen and Dogs recently wrote a piece on giving dogs choices and Patricia McConnell wrote one on what makes your dog happy?. They’re both of a similar tone and it made me think about what makes Betsy happy. I often feel sorry for dogs – they’re at our mercy in most ways: We control their food, their water, when they get to go to the bathroom, and when they get to leave the house. We force them to

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Taking advantage of environmental cues

Hi dog blog readers 😊 I want to talk today about environmental cues, because it’s something I’ve been playing around with a bit recently. First of all, when we talk about cues in dog training, we’re talking about a trigger that results in the dog taking a certain action. Obedience is teaching a dog various cues. The word “Sit” is a cue for the dog to sit. The word “Shake ” is a cue for them to raise up their

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Social Learning in Dogs

I remember reading awhile ago that there was a study done on puppies who watched their mother work (e.g. pulling a cart) vs puppies who never watched their mother work. The results of this study showed that puppies who observed their mother at work learned the skill themselves much quicker than the puppies who never got to watch their mother. Something about that article stuck with me, so now, when Betsy and I attend agility class, we often hang back

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Five easy ways to enrich your dog’s life

I always feel horribly guilty about not using Betsy to her full potential. Since I don’t have a job that requires a working canine companion, my wonderful dog, who boasts generations of breeding geared towards boundless energy and stamina, is forced to spend a lot of her time laying around the house, waiting for me to entertain her. When she whines or paces or nuzzles me for attention, I am always beseiged with guilt, knowing how much it must suck

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A beginning

Hi! My name is Rose, and my dog’s name is Betsy, and here we are posing for a selfie together. I have been dog obsessed my entire life, but Betsy is my first foray into full time dog ownership. We brought Betsy home on October 6th, 2013, a small little pup with a serious face, and since then she has pretty much consumed my entire life. Any time not spent hanging out with Betsy is spent reading about dog psychology,

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