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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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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Teaching your dog to roll over

I briefly mentioned my experiences teaching Betsy to roll over when I wrote that post about dogs learning to learn, and I thought I’d follow up with how I did it 😁 The key to teaching this trick is rewarding in increments; you can’t just get them to do the entire roll right off the bat. The steps: Hold a treat to your dog’s nose and lure them to the ground. When they lay down, give them a treat. Yay,

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Fixing training mistakes

Hey remember when I wrote about teaching the touch/hand target? And I said, “never ever let your dog use teeth?” Whelp, here is the story to go along with that. Dog training fact: Whatever you reward your dog for is the behaviour you are going to get. So I accidentally taught my dog that hand targeting = “Hey! Run over to me and bite my hand.” Not hard, mostly just a gentle mouthing, but since I often use hand targeting

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Teaching the Hand Target

Oh hey, thought I’d publish a little dog trick how-to. Hand targeting, or, “touch,” is the first trick I taught Betsy. It’s one of her favourites. It’s also useful! I use it as… A fun alternative to recall, so I don’t overuse my recall word. A way to grab my dog’s attention when something distracting is going on. A way to say, “please,” when we’re playing fetch (my hand is like a button – she touches my hand with her

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