PULL!

My dog could pull a cart? A sulky? A wagon? Me on skis? A sled? How cool would that be?! Oh, but what are all those straps for? What kind of harness do I need and how does it fit the dog? What’s the difference between skijorring and sledding and pulling a wagon? Are...

The Lemon Puppy

Sometimes, a puppy just isn’t wired right. Recognizing that a puppy isn’t normal, or isn’t a good fit for the family, can be challenging and heartbreaking. Social pressures of, “it’s all about how they’re raised” and “you must go to all lengths to keep this puppy”...

Crazy Good! Self Control Games for the Wild Child

This presentation is about how to use high-energy training and high-energy reinforcers. I’ve had well-trained Good dogs who could not rise to their potential without adding some Crazy. And I’ve had well-trained Crazy dogs who could not rise to their potential without...

Little to BIG: Issues in Multi-Dog Households

When you are dealing with many dogs in a household, you will have interactions of all kinds between the dogs. How do you know what is okay, what to watch for, or what is a big issue? Many times, there are lots of little things that add up to big issues that can be...

Creating Confident Competitors: Dogs & Humans!

Competition is stressful for dogs and their human teammates. This stress adds a layer of complexity that is difficult for many teams to overcome. The good news is that we can teach our dogs to be confident and resilient. By thoughtfully and deliberately challenging...

Interactive Toy Play From Foundations to Practical Reinforcer

In this delivery we will talk through a step-by-step system of how to introduce the foundations of interactive toy play to dog and guardian teams, catering for different preferences and abilities. We will then cover how and when to begin using this reinforcement...

The Secrets Behind Proper Canine Exposure to Novelty

Socialization is not just about exposure to novel stimuli, it is about providing positive experiences. Over the years the importance of early experience has been recognized by professionals, which is a huge first step. It is maybe even more important to recognize that...

The Layer Cake Approach: What are Complex Behaviors Made Of?

Imagine teaching a cat to play cards. Or teaching a dog to show you what’s alike and what’s different on exactly the same set of objects in the same session on two different verbal cues. How often have we all watched an incredible training video and wondered how on...

Practical Strategies for Dealing with Mistakes

From the principal framework of the three-tiered cake (presented in “Our Take on Mistakes: The Cake!” on Day 1), Emelie and Eva delve deep into the practical aspects of dealing with mistakes. At the core of this presentation lies the notion that we unfortunately...